CG Cutter Leagare returns to Portsmouth; seizes over $60M in drugs

(Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)
(Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare returned following a 48-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

During the patrol, crews seized over 1,800 kilograms of cocaine, worth an estimated value of $59.5 million.

Cutter Legare stopped three vessels transporting cocaine, detaining ten suspected drug smugglers. During two of those incidents, engine-disabling gunfire was used, after the vessels ignored orders to stop and warning shots.

While Legare made its way to the East Pacific, crews came across two vessels that were unseaworthy in the Florida Straits. By stopping the vessels, Legare saved the lives of 16 Cuban immigrants.

In both cases Legare’s crew worked with Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, a new fast response cutter homeported in Miami, Florida.

(Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)
(Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)