The United States Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant’s crew returned home Tuesday after a 29-day patrol in the Central Caribbean and Florida Straits, where they seized 5,600 pounds of illicit drugs.
Vigilant also interdicted five drug-smuggling vessels and apprehended eight suspected traffickers.
In addition, Vigilant rescued 12 Cuban migrants in an unseaworthy vessel 120 nautical miles south of Cuba.
According to the Coast Guard, once aboard Vigilant, the crew provided the migrants with food, water, shelter, and medical aid until they were repatriated.
Commander Jon Potterton praised the Coast Guard crew.
“I’m extremely proud of our crew and the important lifesaving and critical counter-narcotic missions that we were able to perform on this patrol,” Potterton stated.
“It was excellent that we were able to strengthen our domestic and international partnerships and work together to make the world a safer place,” he said.