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United States Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast interdicted a suspected smuggling vessel March 15 while patrolling international waters of the Eastern Pacific, seizing $21.5 million worth of cocaine.

A boarding team member from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast opens a bale of contraband after the crew interdicted a suspected smuggling vessel while patrolling international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, resulting in 1,252 pounds of cocaine seized, worth an estimated $21.5 million

The cutter intercepted and boarded five vessels while on a 65-day patrol and were able to seize 1,252 pounds of pure cocaine destined for the U.S.A.

“I am inspired daily by the tenacity and professionalism of this crew,” said Cmdr. Dan Ursino, commanding officer of the Steadfast. “Their resilience to remain focused, in light of the global health crisis and uncertainty back home, has been nothing short of remarkable. Knowing the importance and impact of keeping these harmful substances from reaching our streets help to keep us going.”

Three suspected smugglers were detained as part of an enhanced counter-narcotics operation in the Western Hemisphere designed to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential national security objectives.

U.S. Southern Command began the operation April 1 with support from the Department of Defense, Department of Justice and Homeland Security in an effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, also play a role in counter-drug operations.

The Steadfast and her crew returned home to Astoria Friday.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast crewmembers

Commissioned in 1968, Steadfast is one of two Reliance-class cutters homeported in Astoria. Reliance-class cutters are 210-feet long, 34-feet wide and have a 1,100 long-ton displacement. The ships hold a crew of 76 and have served the nation for more than 50 years.

Justin Werner
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  1. These seizures must driving the democratic party mad, they must have these drugs flowing into America, to please their voting base. To the Coast Guard, keep these drugs out of America, your the best defense we have.

  2. Western Pacific Asia, Eastern Pacific, Those parts of Alaska that is not the Bering Sea and the Arctic Ocean, Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Central America and South America coastlines.

    Question are you playing your movie role from Animal House?


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