CGC Escanaba seizes 963 pounds of cocaine

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ESCANABA DRUG OFFLOAD
MIAMI – Ensign Raynor Buckley, a crewmember on board the CGC Escanaba, offloads a bale of cocaine at Base Support Unit Miami Sept. 24, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PO3 Sabrina Elgammal.

While on a law-enforcement patrol about 21 miles south of Isla de Providencia, Colombia, Sept. 17, CGC Escanaba seized more than 900 pounds of contraband from a fleeing 35-foot center-console vessel suspected of smuggling drugs.

During pursuit, the suspects on the vessel began throwing items overboard before beaching the vessel, fleeing on foot and evading capture. Escanaba crewmembers retrieved 15 bales and two backpacks of contraband from the water, which tested positive for cocaine.

The contraband was offloaded and transferred to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents Friday at Base Support Unit Miami.

Escanaba is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Boston.

Click here for video of the Escanaba crew offloading the contraband and an interview with CDR Edward Westfall, the commanding officer.

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