Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter Legare

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Johnson

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare stands on the flight deck of the cutter next to approximately $390 million total wholesale in seized cocaine and marijuana at Port Everglades, Fla., April 24, 2018. The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America by multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters and Canadian Naval vessels. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) stands on the flight deck of the cutter next to approximately $390 million total wholesale in seized cocaine and marijuana at Port Everglades, Fla., April 24, 2018. The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America by multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters and Canadian Naval vessels. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare made their first U.S. port stop since February in Port Everglades, Florida, this week, but their work was far from done. The crew offloaded approximately 12 tons of cocaine and one ton of marijuana worth an estimated $390 million total wholesale.

The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America by multiple U.S. Coast Guard cutters and Canadian Naval vessels.

The offload was a result of 17 separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by crews aboard Coast Guard Cutters Lagare, Reliance, Harriet Lane, Decisive, Steadfast and Dependable, and Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Whitehorse and Edmonton.

In one interdiction, the crew of the Harriet Lane seized an estimated 907 kilograms of cocaine; the largest interdiction of cocaine by a cutter crew on a single deployment since October.

The Legare crew was responsible for five drug smuggling vessel interdictions, seizing an estimated 2,051 kilograms of cocaine and 8 kilograms of marijuana.

The Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) pulls into Port Everglades, Fla., following two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific to offload more than 12 tons of seized cocaine and one ton of seized marijuana following 17 different interdictions made by multiple Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy partners. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912) pulls into Port Everglades, Fla., April 24, 2018, following two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific to offload more than 12 tons of seized cocaine and one ton of seized marijuana following 17 different interdictions made by multiple Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy partners. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

“What these numbers represent is an increased commitment by U.S. and international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability in the Central American region, along the U.S. southern border, and in the southern maritime approaches to the U.S.,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of Legare. “[This] offload sends them a message that our network of partners and allies remains resolute in our commitment to stem the flow of illicit trafficking that breeds instability.”

Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security are involved in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with allied and international partner agencies play a role in counter-drug operations. The fight against transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific requires unity of effort in all phases from detection, monitoring, and interdictions to prosecutions by several U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the nation and authorities in partner nations.

The Coast Guard increased the U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off of Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions in international waters, a suspect vessel is initially located and tracked by allied, military or law enforcement personnel. The interdictions, including the actual boarding, are led and conducted by U.S. Coast Guard men and women. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific is conducted under the authority of the Coast Guard 11th District headquartered in Alameda, California.

Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912), conducts a press conference at Port Everglades, Fla., following a two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific on the offload of more than 12 tons of seized cocaine and one ton of seized marijuana. The drugs were seized during 17 different interdictions made by multiple Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Naval ships. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cmdr. Jonathan Carter, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare (WMEC 912), conducts a press conference at Port Everglades, Fla., April 24, 2018, following a two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific on the offload of more than 12 tons of seized cocaine and one ton of seized marijuana. The drugs were seized during 17 different interdictions made by multiple Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Naval ships. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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