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Crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) get underway during small boat operations on April 22, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast seized more than 2,400 pounds of cocaine while patrolling the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Carroll.)
Crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast get underway during small boat operations on April 22, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast seized more than 2,400 pounds of cocaine while patrolling the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Carroll)

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home Friday after a 10,000-mile, 49-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Pacific, netting $33 million in cocaine.

Steadfast crew intercepted a smuggling vessel while patrolling waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The interdiction resulted in 2,400 pounds of cocaine and three arrests of suspected traffickers.

The cuttermen of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) inducted First Class Petty Officer Garrett Jeskey as a cutterman on May 11, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast’s cuttermen have more than 100 years of sea time when combined together. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Carroll.)
The cuttermen of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) inducted First Class Petty Officer Garrett Jeskey as a cutterman on May 11, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast’s cuttermen have more than 100 years of sea time when combined together (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Carroll)

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, cutters patrolling in the Eastern Pacific push U.S. borders over 1,500 miles which is critical to confronting drug cartels and enhancing national security.

“This patrol reinforced the maxim that people, not platforms, are the most important key to operational success,” said Cmdr. Craig Allen, commanding officer of the Steadfast. “Despite encountering some significant equipment and logistics challenges, the Steadfast crew rose to the occasion time and again and achieved remarkable results.”

Steadfast is a 53-year-old Reliance Class 210-foot medium endurance cutter that has been homeported in Astoria since 1994. Steadfast’s primary missions include search and rescue, counter-drug, migration interdiction and homeland security operations.

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) steaming in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on April 23, 2021. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast seized more than 2,400 pounds of cocaine while patrolling in international waters. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Grace Hodges.
Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) steaming in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on April 23, 2021. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast seized more than 2,400 pounds of cocaine while patrolling in international waters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Grace Hodges)

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  1. Funny how no matter how big the bust… we still have tons of drugs coming in. It’s almost like they are doin it wrong or something. DEATH PENALTY FOR ALL SMUGGLERS AND DEALERS.

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