Massive cocaine seizure in eastern Pacific

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A San Diego-based U.S. Coast Guard contingent, along
with the crew of a San Diego-based warship, intercepted a fishing vessel
carrying about 630 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast
Guard announced Wednesday.

The Coast Guard detachment and the guided missile frigate USS Curts were
each on routine patrol when they stopped the cocaine smugglers in
international waters off the coast of Ecuador on Oct. 6, according to a U.S.
Coast Guard statement.

After spotting the Americans, the crew of the fishing vessel boarded
panga boats that were tied to the larger vessel and began dropping bales into
the ocean. Boats carrying both Navy and Coast Guard personnel were deployed and
the bales were scooped up and the 16 suspected smugglers arrested, according to
the Coast Guard.

The agency estimated the confiscated cocaine had a street worth of $7
million.

“This is an example of how multiple government agencies come together
to counter the drug threat against the citizens of the United States,” said
Lt. Max Seda, operations officer of the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law
Enforcement Team.

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