Coast Guard cutter offloads $2 million in drugs

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis offloaded 2,116 pounds of marijuana, Friday in Key West after returning home from an 88-day patrol in the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean.

In March, Thetis crewmembers alongside an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, and a Jamaican Defence Force crew interdicted a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Caribbean.  The drugs, worth approximately $2 million wholesale were interdicted as part of Operation Full Court Press.

"In conjunction with DHS partners and the partner nation of Jamaica, we were able to swiftly interdict the 2,116 pounds of marijuana," said Cmdr. José Díaz, commanding officer of the Thetis. "This effort represents an ongoing regional maritime security effort in concert with our international partners to combat transnational criminal networks and promote stability across the Caribbean region by disrupting organized crime illegal activities."

Also during the patrol, Thetis crewmembers worked with the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez crew and the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action to rescue and repatriate 29 Dominican migrants.

During a port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico, crewmembers volunteered with a local nonprofit food bank and loaded more than 300 pre-packaged meals for distribution to community members disadvantaged by the 2017 hurricane season.

Thetis is a 270-foot Famous-class cutter, homeported in Key West with a crew of 100.