By Karen Robes Meeks
After 65 days on a counter narcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean, US Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast members came home to Astoria, Ore., Friday.
During their patrol in international waters off the Mexican and Central American coasts, crew members came across and boarded five suspected smuggling vessels, arrested three smuggling suspects and found 1,252 pounds of pure cocaine valued at roughly $21.5 million.
“I am inspired daily by the tenacity and professionalism of this crew,” said Cmdr. Dan Ursino, commanding officer of the Steadfast. “Their resilience to remain focused, in light of the global health crisis and uncertainty back home, has been nothing short of remarkable. Knowing the importance and impact of keeping these harmful substances from reaching our streets help to keep us going.”