Posted on April 25, 2018 by Hannah Berry
The crew of US Coastguard cutter, Steadfast have seized over $200 million USD worth of cocaine as part of a counter narcotic operation in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
During their patrols of international waters off the coast of Mexico and Central America the boarding teams intercepted eight separate vessels they suspected of drug smuggling.
Over the 60 day operation 5,952 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $200m were seized.
The 64-metre cutter is currently working in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South with the aim to assist in interjecting illegal drug traffickers.
The Reliance-class medium endurance cutter has been homeported in Astoria since 1994.
It has led an international training exercise with two Mexican Naval vessels in support of the North American Maritime Security Initiative. And responded to a distress call from a Guatemalan fishing vessel during its 13,000-nautical-mile journey.