On Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast capped its latest patrol in the Eastern Pacific with the delivery of 7,800 kilos of cocaine at San Diego’s 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. The haul came from two interceptions conducted by the crew of the Steadfast and two by the crew of the cutter Alert.
“I continue to be impressed by the dedication and tenacity of the crews aboard our cutters and the difficult, dangerous missions they perform,” said Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda, commanding officer of the Steadfast. “Their hard work means two things. First, more than eight tons of cocaine won’t reach our streets and add to the drug-related deaths and health problems facing our nation. And second, hundreds of millions of dollars are being denied to transnational criminal organizations who spread instability, death and despair wherever they operate.”