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U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
Coast Guard Cutter Seneca to offload more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine in Miami
Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending must RSVP with the Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs duty officer at 786-367-7649 no later than 7:45 a.m. Only credentialed media will be granted access to the event. Media must arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.
Security: Be prepared to show government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, and media credentials at the security checkpoint.
WHAT: Offload more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine
WHEN: The press event will take place at 9 a.m. Media should arrive at Sector Miami no later than 8:30 a.m. Friday.
WHERE: Sector Miami, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, including contraband seized and recovered in over a dozen interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels by U.S. Coast Guard cutters:
“These down range counter-drug operations are a vital component to the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security’s mission and our national security. These operations enable us to extend our maritime borders, weaken the economic engine of Transnational Criminal Organizations, contribute to enhancing stability and security across our partner nations within Central America, and they combat the drug epidemic within our local communities,” said Cmdr. John Christensen, commanding officer of the cutter Seneca. “I am exceptionally proud of this crew. Over the course of the last three months they rose above the challenges of conducting operations at sea, persevered through many personal sacrifices and showed an unwavering dedication to serving our nation.”
The cutter Seneca’s crew along with those of the other ships conducted operations targeting transnational criminal organizations in conjunction with Joint Interagency Task Force-South, Department of Defense, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Justice, and a number of other Coast Guard aircraft. The cutter Seneca’s presence and efforts are critical to disrupting and dismantling the transnational criminal organizations that attempt to smuggle these drugs through the ocean and into Central and North America.
The cutter Seneca is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston. The cutter Tahoma is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Kittery, Maine. The cutter Midgett is a 418-foot national security cutter homeported in Honolulu. The cutter Valiant is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Jacksonville, Florida.
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