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USS Rodney M. Davis Seizes Cocaine Shipment in Pacific Ocean

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Story Number: NNS101007-11
10/7/2010

From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

USS RODNEY M. DAVIS, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Rodney M. Davis FFG 60) recovered 1.72 tons of cocaine during counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) area of responsibility Sept. 23.

Rodney M. Davis interdicted a 46-foot Ecuadorian flagged fishing vessel in the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. A Navy-Coast Guard response team recovered 62.5 bales of cocaine, weighing 1,562.5 kilos (3,445 pounds) worth an estimated $37.5 million.

The drugs were seized by a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South as evidence in preparation for possible criminal prosecution.

USS Rodney M. Davis is currently deployed under operational control to U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), conducting CIT operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force–South, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and U.S. Coast Guard District Eleven.

COMUSNAVSO is the naval component commander for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. maritime strategy, including theater security cooperation, partnership building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations and CIT operations.



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