Portsmouth-based Coast Guard cutter returns after seizing 17,203 pounds of cocaine

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returned to its home port on Sunday after 94-day patrol in Eastern Pacific where they seized approximately 17,203 pounds of cocaine. 

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nine suspected drug smuggling vessels were stopped and over $260 million worth of drugs were seized. 

The crew worked with the Coast Guard’s Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET) out of San Diego, as well as the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron from Jacksonville. 

This was the largest amount of illegal drugs seized by a single Coast Guard cutter on a single patrol this year, according to the Coast Guard. 

“The success of this deployment directly reflects the long hours of training, preparation, and team work of our crew and partner agencies that support this dynamic mission,” said Greg Tozzi, commanding officer of Harriet Lane in a press release. “The Coast Guard conducts counter narcotics operations as part of our ongoing effort to disrupt transnational organized crime and reduce the violence directly related to drug trafficking.”

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