In a significant operation, the crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901) successfully unloaded a staggering amount of contraband—more than 14,153 pounds of cocaine—estimated to be worth over $186 million in Miami on Friday.
US Coast Guard Seize Cocaine In Miami
“The contraband offloaded today represents the professional expertise and dedication of U.S. defense and law enforcement agencies working together to combat the flow of illicit drugs through the Caribbean Region into the United States,” stated Lt. Peter Hutchison, duty enforcement officer at Coast Guard District Seven. He further emphasized the importance of teamwork in identifying, intercepting, and seizing vessels engaged in illegal trafficking, applauding the hard work of the involved crews.
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The intercepted drugs were seized during nine separate cases that took place in the international waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The successful interdictions were a result of collaborative efforts by multiple US Coast Guard crews, including:
- USCG Bear (WMEC 901)
- USCG Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON)
- USS Little Rock (LCS-9)
- USCG Tactical Law Enforcement Team-Pacific
- USCG Tactical Law Enforcement Team-South
- USCG Donald Horsley (WPC-1117)
- USCG Air Station Borinquen HC-144 aircrew
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrew
The successful offloading of the seized cocaine by the US Coast Guard Cutter Bear serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment to combating illicit drug trade and protecting the United States’ coastal borders.