U.S. Coast Guard offloads more than 6,500 pounds of cocaine seized in Eastern Pacific

A Coast Guardsman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Active wraps a pallet of cocaine in San Diego, Oct. 25, 2017. The offload was the result of several drug interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid September to early October. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney.

Posted on October 25, 2017

SAN DIEGO, California – The crew of the Coast Guard Active (WMEC-618) offloaded approximately 6,570 pounds of cocaine in San Diego, Wednesday.

The seized drugs were the result of multiple interdictions conducted by multiple Coast Guard crews in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-September through early October.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and dedication displayed by my crew, the crews of cutters Alert and James, and the men and women of the aircrews and support networks ashore,” said Cmdr. Chris German, Active’s commanding officer. “Their teamwork was key to successfully combating transnational organized crime in the drug trafficking zones over the past several months.  Knowing that we stopped tons of drugs from reaching the our streets, and the streets of allied nations in Central and South America, makes the long deployments away from home worth every moment.”

Combating transnational organized crime networks, from which the illegal drug trade stems, is of paramount importance to the national security of the U.S., and is a mission in which the Coast Guard and partner agencies are heavily engaged.

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