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.