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Jun 20, 2017 9:56 AM

U.S. Coast Guard Ship returns from counter-drug mission

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KITTERY, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell has returned to its home port in Kittery Maine after spending 65 days on a counter-drug patrol.

The 270-foot ship returned to Maine after spending two months patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea for drug traffickers.

During its time off of the coasts of Central and South America, the Coast Guard ship and its crew were able to disrupt three smuggling attempts that resulted in the seizure of 2,316 kilos of cocaine valued at $68 million.

The Crew also work alongside four other Coast Guard ships to help in the transportation of an additional 2,200 kilos of cocaine and 11 suspected smugglers.

While in Central America, the crew members also helped with the building of a Costa Rican Coast Guard station.

The mission was a part of a national effort to dismantle criminal drug smuggling networks.

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