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$70M In Illegal Narcotics Seized In Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean


The United States Coast Guard Cutter Thetis crew returned home to Key West earlier this month after a 55-day patrol in the Western Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean, during which they seized approximately $70 million in illegal narcotics.

According to a Coast Guard release, the seizure occurred due to two counterdrug operations.

In one operation, Thetis crew members apprehended three suspected drug traffickers.

In another case, collaboration with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft led to the recovery of approximately 5,325 pounds of illegal narcotics by the Thetis’ pursuit team.

“These cases highlight the need for Coast Guard presence in these regions to combat the illegal trafficking of drugs and emphasises the operational capabilities of our platform and crew,” said Cmdr. Gavin Garcia, Thetis Commanding Officer.

Thetis worked alongside other Coast Guard cutters and U.S. partners to conduct counterdrug operations and fight transnational criminal organisations.

The vessel received assistance from an embarked aviation detachment from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron.

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  1. wow, could you imagine the amount of money these drug dealers and king pins make selling drugs if that was never caught

  2. I hope we are seeing the hypocrisy in this. They say the Caribbean is the gateway for drugs to enter the US and they claim that these photo ops show their dedication to helping us fight the scourge of drugs. However, the US is the gateway for all illegal guns entering Latin America and the Caribbean. What are they doing about that? Absolutely nothing or very little. You know why? It’s bringing in a huge amount of money into the US. THAT’S WHY. I rest my case.


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