US Coast Guard seized cocaine $19.4M worth, 3 suspects arrested (video)

U.S. officials made another large drug bust in the Caribbean Sea.

On Tuesday, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returned to their homeport in Pensacola following a 25-day counterdrug deployment in the Caribbean Sea.

US crew interdicted one go-fast vessel smuggling illegal narcotics, seizing over 670 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $19.4m, and apprehended three suspected drug smugglers. 

They spent 25 days patrolling the Caribbean, where their primary mission was detecting and interdicting go-fast and other vessels suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics into the U.S. 

“This interdiction truly showcased the impressive skill and relentless perseverance of the Dauntless crew,” said Cmdr. Aaron Kowalczk, commanding officer of Dauntless.

“Their ability to complete the seizure despite challenging conditions highlights the Coast Guard’s important role in countering transnational criminal organizations. The crew’s commitment to combating narcotics trafficking is emblematic of their dedication to service.”

Furthermore, the crew conducted joint operations with the USS Farragut and its embarked Law Enforcement Detachment to transfer 433 kilograms of illegal narcotics and six suspected traffickers.

Dauntless is a 210-foot Reliance-class medium endurance cutter and its primary missions are counter-narcotics operations, migrant interdiction, living marine resources protection, and search and rescue.