Local CG crew enables major Caribbean drug bust

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth-based Coast Guard cutter played a key role in a major Caribbean drug bust this week.

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare offloaded more than $100 million worth of cocaine at Coast Guard Bse Miami Beach Tuesday. They intercepted the drugs in two separate busts: the first was in March, about 100 miles south of Jamaica, and the second was from a vessel travelling between Colombia and Honduras.

Authorities say more than three tons of cocaine were seized, with an estimated wholesale value of $110 million, and a street value of $350 million.

The seizures were part of of the Coast Guard’s Operation Martillo, an effort to curtail cocaine shipments heading to the U.S. through Miami.

The Coast Guard Cutter Legare is a 270-foot medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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