US Coast Guard cutter home after seizing 2.7 tons of cocaine

US Coast Guard cutter Escanaba returned to Boston on Saturday after seizing 2.7 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $75 million in wholesale value during its two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

While in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the crew intercepted two separate smuggling vessels which resulted in the drug seizures and detention of seven suspected smugglers.

In addition to counter-drug operations, the 270-foot medium endurance cutter joined naval maritime forces from 19 countries for UNITAS in Lima, Peru. UNITAS, which began in 1960 and means “unity” in Latin, allows U.S. forces to train alongside Caribbean, Central and South American partner nations.

During the ten-day event, Escanaba participated in numerous multi-national exercises at sea focusing on various warfare areas including maritime interdiction operations, naval gun-fire support, tactical maneuvering and formation steaming, and search and rescue.

While ashore, Escanaba’s crew demonstrated their professional expertise while supporting a law enforcement symposium sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard. Additionally, several members of Escanaba’s crew participated in a ship-rider exchange with naval vessels from Mexico, Chile, and Peru furthering professional and cultural relationships.

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