Coast Guard cutter back in Portsmouth from drug patrol

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Associated Press

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 5:26 PM

PORTSMOUTH (AP) -- A Coast Guard cutter is back home in Portsmouth after completing a 37-day patrol that included rescuing 3 mariners and seizing millions in illegal drugs.

The 270-foot Tampa pulled into Station Portsmouth at 10 a.m. Friday. 

Tampa's crew intercepted more than $58 million worth of narcotics in the Caribbean,  including4,200 pounds of marijuana and cocaine. 

The cutter also stopped in its namesake city, Tampa, Fla., where the crew participated in a ceremony marking the Coast Guard's 222nd birthday and the centennial year of the original cutter Tampa. 

"For us to pull together as a team and achieve these kinds of results in just 37 days, I couldn't be happier,"said CDR Susan Polizzotto told 13News, "and I hope we've made some parents happy as well by taking that much cocaine off the streets so maybe their teenagers have a fighting chance."

 

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