CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A Coast Guard cutter returned Monday to Port Canaveral with $25 million of seized drugs, concluding its 56-day deployment in the southern Caribbean, according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The cutter Confidence left Port Canaveral in late November to conduct a counter-narcotics patrol under the Joint Interagency Task Force South.
The Confidence was assisted by the cutter Forward, ported in Portsmouth Va. and helicopter interdiction tactical squadron deployed out Jacksonville.
The joint operation successfully seized two "go-fast" boats in the south Caribbean. Eight smugglers and 660 kilograms of cocaine were recovered, with an estimated street value of over $14 million.
A month later the Confidence intersected another go-fast boat traveling between Columbia and Honduras. A helicopter was launched and disabled the engineson boardthe boat.
Coast Guard crews boarded the vessel and discovered 425 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $11 million.
"The ability of these two cutter crews and the helicopter squadron to seamlessly integrate and execute this interdiction in the dead of night is a testament to their hard work, professionalism and relentless training regimen," said Cmdr. Jim Passarelli, the Confidence's commanding officer.
Thenarcoticsseizures were carried out as part of Operation Martillo, which is one component in the government's attempt to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons, and cash.