Coast Guard: HISTORIC COCAINE REMOVALS
- The Coast Guard removed more than 416,600 pounds of cocaine worth more than $5.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2016, which ran from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, making this the largest amount of drugs the service has ever seized in a single fiscal year.
- Coast Guard National Security Cutters from Alameda have seized more than $1.1 billion worth of cocaine in Fiscal Year 2016.
- The Coast Guard also apprehended 585 suspected drug smugglers, which is another all-time record for the service in a single fiscal year.
- The Coast Guard will release video and details from a self-propelled semisubmersible interdiction by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche from Alameda, California, which is returning from a deployment in drug transit zones near Central and South America.
- Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area
- Capt. James Passarelli, commanding officer, Cutter Waesche
- Crewmembers aboard the Cutter Waesche as requested