Coast Guard seizes 6,700 lbs of cocaine worth $115M

A U.S. Navy MH -60R Sea Hawk from the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Martime Strike Squadron 37 aboard the USS Halsey transfers suspected contraband to the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf in the U.S. Southern Command area, responsible for counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication specialist 3rd Class Andrew Langhoff

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf apprehended 6,700 pounds of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of over $115 million in a counter-narcotics mission.

Capt. Brian Anderson, commanding officer of the Bertholf, based in Alameda, Califorina, said the joint operation with the Ecuadorian Navy demonstrates the effectiveness and importance of international partnerships.

The Bertholf crew of over 150 also patrolled of over 3,000 square nautical miles of Ecuadorian and international waters in a joint patrol with the Ecuadorian Navy to provide persistent presence and surveillance of fishing activity throughout the region during a week-long mission.