U.S. Coast Guard patrol seizes $300 million worth of cocaine

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(WCMH) — It was a busy summer for the U.S. Coast Guard.

During a recent patrol, they got their hands on more than 11 tons of cocaine from eight drug smuggling boats, KGTV reported.

“We started patrol in Alaska, ended up down in East Pac so it was a little bit of a hectic patrol going from one dynamic to another,” said U.S. Coast Guard Engineer Andrew Castengera.

Castengera has been with the Coast Guard for 13 years. He’s part of the cutter Stratton, the crew responsible for stopping six of the eight suspected smuggling vessels off the eastern Pacific from late August to mid-September.

“It was constant moving, it seemed like every day we were on a new case,” said Castengera.

The eight suspected smuggling vessels were found and stopped off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by crews from the Stratton, Seneca and Active.

The crews were able to seize 11 tons of pure cocaine, with a street value of more than $300 million.

“It’s exciting, because there’s a long build up to it so you start to get a little complacent then it finally does hit you and everyone jumps into gear and starts moving in the right direction,” said Castengera.

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