Coast Guard crew returns to Boston after intercepting $61 million worth of drugs

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Members of a Boston-based Coast Guard crew returned home Tuesday after a 50-day drug patrol on the Pacific Ocean where they intercepted an estimated $61 million worth of drugs.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca patrolled the ocean off the coast of Central and South America as part of the Joint Interagency Task Force South.

The crew was able to intercept four boats suspected of smuggling illegal items, including two low-profile boats designed to evade authorities and a fishing boat. 

The fishing boat allegedly had 500 kilograms of cocaine valued at $16.5 million hidden in a compartment. 

Throughout the patrol, crews intercepted an estimated $61 million worth of drugs including more than 1,840 kilograms of cocaine and 35 pounds of marijuana. 

“In just one interdiction we seized over 50 times the amount of contraband seized along the southwest border in a given month…” said commanding officer of Cutter Seneca, Commander John Christensen. 

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