Cutter Active seizes $ 107 million worth of cocaine from the high seas
Coast Guard Cutter Crew active returned to Port Angeles, Washington after a successful 58-day anti-smuggling patrol in the eastern Pacific. The 55-year-old cutter and crew patrolled international waters off Central America and Mexico as part of the United States’ long-standing effort to suppress the smuggling of cocaine.
With the help of a helicopter-mounted HITRON sniper detachment, the active intercepted two ships during his patrol, seizing approximately 5,650 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $ 107 million. One of the two contraband ships was a low profile vessel – a boat specially designed to climb low in the water to evade detection, usually painted blue to reduce their visual profile.
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May 19 Active the crew unloaded approximately 11,500 pounds of cocaine seized in San Diego, including drugs from their own bans and two other cutters, the Closed and the Tahoma. The narcotics and suspects were transferred to other federal law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
During deployment, Active The crew also rescued four fishermen from a stranded vessel and towed it until another Coast Guard cutter could complete the search and rescue case. In a second case of rescue, active responded to a distress call for an injured jet skier in the water. the Active the crew provided first aid to the victim and stabilized her for later transfer.
Commissioned in 1966, active is a 210 feet Addiction– medium endurance cutter class. Like the 13 other ships of its class, it will one day be replaced by the future Offshore Patrol Cutter. Despite his age, active regularly deploys on long-range missions to combat smuggling, enforce fisheries regulations and conduct search and rescue operations.