Drug patrol crew returns

BOSTON — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell returned to Kittery, Maine on Tuesday following a three-month, 20,849-nautical mile counter narcotics patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

During the patrol, the crew of the Campbell seized approximately 5,300 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $159 million and detained six suspected smugglers.

Campbell‘s crew demonstrated unwavering dedication and operational excellence during the 90-day deployment in the eastern Pacific Ocean,” said Cmdr. Mark McDonnell, commanding officer of the cutter.

“We enjoyed strong support from our international and interagency partners, helping us thwart criminal networks’ illicit operations in the Western Hemisphere.”

The crew also located and rescued a sea turtle that had become entangled in a net.

Campbell is a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter with a crew of 106 members, and has been homeported in Kittery since 2003.

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