Coast Guard offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego

Bales of cocaine are shown aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Active following an interdiction in early May 2020, in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Active crew uncovered more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine from the vessel, worth approximately $37 million.


By ALEX RIGGINS | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: May 21, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — Coast Guard crews offloaded more than one ton of cocaine worth an estimated $37 million on Wednesday in San Diego, authorities said.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Active seized the drugs earlier this month from "known drug-transit zones" in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of North and Central America, according to Coast Guard officials.

Active, a 210-foot cutter based out of Washington state, operates from the U.S.-Canadian border down to the waters off Central America, according to the Coast Guard.

Authorities did not specify where the cocaine that was offloaded Wednesday was seized.

"We canceled a port visit, stretched logistics and diverted 500 miles to get on target and do our job," Cmdr. James O'Mara, Active's commanding officer, said in a statement. "No captain could ask or expect more from a crew ... This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew."

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A suspected smuggling vessel drifts in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean after being intercepted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active in May 2020. More than 2,000 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $37 million, were seized in the boarding.