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McClusky Makes Second Significant Drug Bust

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051024-05
Release Date: 10/24/2005 3:51:00 PM

By Ensign Josh W. Duggan, USS McClusky Public Affairs

ABOARD USS MCCLUSKY (NNS) -- While patrolling in the Eastern Pacific in October, USS McClusky (FFG 41), with its embarked helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment, completed a second major drug interdiction.

The operation resulted in the seizure of approximately 5,800 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Jose Antonio and the detention of 16 suspected drug traffickers.

Following the seizure, McClusky was directed to take control of Jose Antonio and return the vessel and crew to their country of origin.

Lt. j.g. Michael Barnecut, the ship’s assistant navigator, and eight other McClusky Sailors embarked Jose Antonio to ensure the safe passage of the vessel.

“It was a challenging eight days on board Jose Antonio. We had engineering problems and had to be towed by McClusky for 300 miles of the transit," Barnecut said. "However, everyone worked as a team to make the journey a success.”

Earlier during the deployment, McClusky captured a “go-fast" vessel, a high-speed boat specifically designed for smuggling drugs. That seizure amounted to 3.5 tons of cocaine with a street value of nearly $100 million.

McClusky is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate homeported out of San Diego and currently has embarked Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 45, Detachment 3, and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment.

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