The U.S. Coast Guard seized over 3,000 pounds of cocaine worth $92 million during a recent counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD

Coast Guard seizes drugs

BOSTON — The United States Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned to its homeport here on March 13 after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels, resulting in the seizure of approximately 3,080 pounds of cocaine worth more than $92 million. They also apprehended 13 suspected smugglers with the help of their deployed helicopter crew. Spencer collaborated with the Costa Rican Coast Guard in the seizure of another fishing vessel smuggling about 2,900 pounds of marijuana.

“I could not be any more proud of my crew for keeping the drugs off the streets of the United States and ensuring a safer country,” said Cmdr. Peter Niles, commanding officer of Spencer.

Along with transiting the Panama Canal twice, the crew successfully conducted extensive helicopter training with Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla. Spencer hosted 13 Coast Guard pilots from three different air stations and 14 personnel from six other cutters. In all, Spencer conducted over 200 helicopter flight deck landings in three days in order to maintain proficiency and hone the pilots’ skills.

Spencer is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter with a crew complement of 15 officers and 74 enlisted personnel.


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