Coast Guardsmen prepare bails of cocaine to be offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Alert in San Diego.
Coast Guardsmen prepare bails of cocaine to be offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Alert in San Diego. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray

The U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday offloaded in San Diego more than 6,800 pounds of cocaine confiscated from seafaring drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific over the past several months.

The crews of the cutters Alert, Robert Ward and Seneca seized the narcotic haul — which would have been worth an estimated $92 million on the illegal drug market — in international waters between late July and early this month, according to USCG public affairs.

Bales of cocaine lie stacked under the deck of a suspected smuggling vessel in October interdicted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Approximately 2,000 pounds of cocaine were seized and three suspected smugglers were detained. U.S. Coast Guard photo

“I am extremely proud of this crew for doing their part to keep these dangerous drugs off the streets,” said Cmdr. Tyson Scofield, commanding officer of the Alert, which unloaded the bales of cocaine on San Diego Bay.

“The Eastern Pacific Ocean is a challenging environment, especially on a ship that is in her 50th year of service; yet this crew persevered to disrupt the illegal flow of narcotics that fuels instability in Central and South America.”

The Coast Guard has increased the U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Basin, known drug transit zones off of Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy, the maritime agency reported.

— City News Service

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