Local Coast Guard Crew Offloads Drugs in Drug Interdiction

By Karen Robes Meeks

Crew members of US Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) recently participated in a series of interdictions that seized almost 20,000 pounds of cocaine worth about $338 million from the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

During these interdictions that took place between mid-November and mid-January, the Munro , a 418-foot national security cutter homeported in Alameda, California, seized 6,680 pounds in three separate cases, according to the agency.

“By disrupting the profits of these cartels, we are reducing their effectiveness and helping our partner nations maintain their stability,” said Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander. “These efforts also provide invaluable information to us that we can then use to stop these drugs further up the supply chain before they begin these dangerous routes at sea.”

By Sarah Spangler