PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A local Coast Guard crew will be back in Portsmouth Friday, after helping offload millions of dollars worth of drugs.
The crew of the Portsmouth-based cutter BEAR have been patrolling the Caribbean as part of Operation Martillo, an international effort to counter illegal trafficking. While there, crew members were part of a successful drug interdiction.
It took place on August 23, north of the Gulf of Uraba. Coast Guard armed helicopter crews launched and boarded a go-fast vessel. Four suspected smugglers were taken into custody and 32 bales of cocaine were seized.
Another Coast Guard cutter handled a second interdiction on August 28 off the coast of Panama. Altogether, the two Coast Guard crews offloaded about 2,800 kilograms of cocaine, worth more than $93 million, at a Coast Guard base in Miami Thursday afternoon.