The first National Security Cutter, Bertholf, performs sea trials in Mobile Bay, Ala, Feb. 08, 2008. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Bobby Nash

Roughly 9 tons of cocaine seized in international water in the eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-October to early this month was offloaded in San Diego Wednesday by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.

The drugs, worth an estimated $312 million, were seized by five USCG vessels, including the Alameda-based Bertholf, according to Coast Guard officials.

Two of the cutters are homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia, one in Charleston, South Carolina, and one in Key West, Florida.

“During at-sea interdictions, a suspect vessel is initially detected and monitored by allied, military or law enforcement personnel coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West, Florida, according to an agency statement. “The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

Updated at 2:36 p.m. Dec. 18, 2019

— City News Service

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