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USS Carr, Coast Guard Law Enforcement Team, Seize Cocaine Shipment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111102-05

From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

USS CARR, At Sea (NNS) -- A U.S. Navy and Coast Guard boarding team operating from the USS Carr (FFG 52) discovered more than 400 kilos of cocaine during counter transnational organized crime (CTOC) operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) area of responsibility Oct. 15.

Carr intercepted the motor vessel (M/V) Andrea in international waters off the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. The Navy-Coast Guard boarding team recovered 16 bales of cocaine, weighing approximately 402 kilos (886 pounds) worth an estimated $8 million street value.

"This interagency-supported interdiction has dealt another solid blow to transnational organized crime", said Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO/C4F). "The resulting seizure has denied criminal networks profits from this shipment that would enable their illegal, violent and deadly trafficking enterprise."

The drugs were seized by a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from Tactical Law Enforcement Team South.

Carr is currently deployed under operational control to COMUSNAVSO/C4F, conducting CTOC operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force - South, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and U.S. Coast Guard District 7.

"We located Andrea I with the help of USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and our HSL-48 helicopter detachment," said Cmdr. Patrick Kulakowski, Carr commanding officer. "Oak Hill located the vessel first and passed the pursuit responsibilities to us so that they can continue with their deployment. We then maintained close proximity to her until we received permission to board."

Drug trafficking represents the epicenter of illicit trafficking, serving as the predominant means by which transnational criminal organizations obtain money and increased influence in the region. USSOUTHCOM works with its partners to counter and deter illegal activities associated with transnational organized crime, which is a significant threat to security and stability in the Western Hemisphere.

COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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