Coast Guard offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego
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."