In the zone: Stratton offloads more than 66,000 pounds of cocaine

The Coast Guard’s leadership role in Western Hemisphere security and prosperity is critical in the fight against transnational organized crime networks active in the Western Hemisphere as continually strained national security resources are stretched across the globe.

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton stands by to offload 34 metric tons of cocaine in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The drugs were seized in 23 separate interdictions by Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating in known drug transiting zones, resulting in one of the largest cocaine offloads in U.S. history, valued at more than $1 billion. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton stands by to offload 34 metric tons of cocaine in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The drugs were seized in 23 separate interdictions by Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating in known drug transiting zones, resulting in one of the largest cocaine offloads in U.S. history, valued at more than $1 billion. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

After more than two months at sea, members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton spent four hours offloading more than 66,000 pounds of cocaine today they and our partner agencies interdicted at sea in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

“The individuals that are moving this product – everyone of these bricks of cocaine is destined to the United States,” said Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft. “In what fuels their economy, is this illicit contraband that will be off-loaded today. This is depriving them the means to operate, the means to undermine regional stability, which is causing young boys and girls to flee crime-ridden countries to find refuge here in the United States.”

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton stands by to offload 34 metric tons of cocaine in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The drugs were seized in 23 separate interdictions by Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating in known drug transiting zones, resulting in one of the largest cocaine offloads in U.S. history, valued at more than $1 billion. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

For their extraordinary efforts, the crew of the Stratton received the Director’s Award for Sustained Distinguished Service from the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy. In the award the crew is recognizezd for interdicting “eight vessels, including two self-propelled, semi-submerisbles (SPSS), and also disrupted another seven vessels.”

Overall, during their deployment from April to August 2015, Stratton seized or disrupted a total of 16 metric tons of cocaine worth more the $540 million wholesale.

The crew also received a letter of appreciation from the United States Interdiction Coordinator, James C. Olson, stating his appreciation for their dedication on an accomplished deployment.

The Coast Guard’s leadership role in Western Hemisphere security and prosperity is critical in the fight against transnational organized crime networks active in the Western Hemisphere as continually strained national security resources are stretched across the globe.

To view the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s statement on this offload, please visit the Department of Homeland Security webpage.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton stands by to offload 34 metric tons of cocaine in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The drugs were seized in 23 separate interdictions by Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating in known drug transiting zones, resulting in one of the largest cocaine offloads in U.S. history, valued at more than $1 billion. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton stands by to offload 34 metric tons of cocaine in San Diego on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The drugs were seized in 23 separate interdictions by Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating in known drug transiting zones, resulting in one of the largest cocaine offloads in U.S. history, valued at more than $1 billion. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

4 comments on “In the zone: Stratton offloads more than 66,000 pounds of cocaine”

  1. Could you publish a list of vessels used to transport cocaine, national registration, origination point and any suspects arrested? Oh, and Congrats to the crew!

  2. What good is this doing? Are we winning the decades long war on Illegal dope? Are there less dope fiends in America and the world today than in 1960? How much is the total war on illegal dope costing the hardworking american taxpayer? How many american lives have been saved by the failed war on dope. Where and how is all the 100’s of Billions in tax free dope profits laundered? Political campaigns? The Coast Guard, My old outfit has far more vital jobs to do the chase smugglers. End It!

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