The US Coast Guard unloads 5 tons of cocaine and marijuana in San Diego Ship’s crew

The crew of the US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Steadfast (WMEC 623) Over 11,600 pounds of cocaine and 5,500 pounds of marijuana valued at $158 million were dumped in San Diego on Monday.

The drugs were seized by crews of Coast Guard cutters during drug-fighting patrols in the eastern Pacific between May and July Vigilant (WMEC 617), Mohawk (WMEC 913) And steadfast.

Numerous U.S. agencies, including Customs and Border Protection, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, cooperated with the Mexican Navy on the operation.

The US Coast Guard emphasized the unit’s importance in the fight against drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific, from detection to prosecution. The Eleventh Coast Guard District directs the law enforcement phase of anti-smuggling operations, including interdictions and boardings.

“There are no guarantees when a Coast Guard crew bids farewell to loved ones and embarks on a multi-month patrol,” said Cmdr. Brock Eckel, Commander of the steadfast. “However, our team worked incredibly hard day and night to stop three smuggling ships and prevent more than five tons of illegal drugs from reaching American soil.”

The steadfast is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter based in Astoria, Oregon.

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