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Last week was a busy (and apparently, somewhat dangerous) one for our local Coasties. Last Saturday, Sept. 13, the crew of the USS McInerney busted a drug sub about 350 miles off the coast of Guatemala that was carrying $187 million worth of cocaine, according to this story on NBC 11’s website. Apparently the alleged smugglers tried to shake off the Coast Guard crew who boarded the sub and then attempted to sink it, but the Coasties talked them out of it.
Then on Wednesday, the Coast Guard cutter Midgett and a U.S. Navy maritime patrol plane busted another drug ship on the Mexico-Guatemala border, this one carrying seven tons of coke valued at $196 million. This ship started sinking too, according to the folks at NBC 11
, though in this case the Guard crew finished the job, saying the ship was a hazard to navigation.
On Friday, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Sherman was recognized for keeping out 24 metric tons of coke last year, most of it in one bust (this is them getting the Golden Eagle award on the ship’s deck; the photo of them being honored, above, was taken by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson.) In March 2007, they stopped the Gatun and a off the coast of Panama with 19 tons of cocaine, worth nearly half a billion dollars.
All in a week’s work, we suppose.