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Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns home, crew seized $116M worth of cocaine while on patrol

Posted at 3:24 PM, Sep 28, 2014

Portsmouth, Va. - The Coast Guard Cutter Bear returned to Hampton Roads Friday after a two month patrol in the Western Caribbean Sea.

According to a news release from the Coast Guard, the crew seized an estimated $116 million worth of cocaine from suspected drug smugglers and vessels while they were on patrol.

The crew coordinated its efforts with multiple countries in Central and South America to stem the flow of illegal drugs.

The crew of the Bear also saved two Nicaraguan fishermen who had been stranded at sea for more than two weeks.

Cutter Bear is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter that operates in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico for the commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area headquartered in Portsmouth.

Its missions include search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, defense readiness, and ports, waterways, and coastal security.