US Coast Guard cutter Legare seizes over 3,000 kilograms of drugs

USCGC Legare (Photo: US Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Charly Tautfest)

The crew of the US Coast Guard medium endurance cutter Legare have returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia, after an eight-week counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Legare‘s crew interdicted over 3,000 kilograms of contraband with an estimated street value in excess of US$20 million during its recent patrol in the Eastern Pacific.

The cutter embarked an aircrew from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, which specialises in airborne interdiction tactics. Additionally, the crew sailed with a law enforcement detachment specialising in maritime law enforcement and surface use of force tactics.

Legare‘s crew worked in conjunction with US Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Navy, and other partner assets to combat trans-national smuggling organisations operating in the maritime environment.

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