COAST GUARD PATROL RETURNS FROM BAJA AFTER DRUG BUST
The Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, ported in Bellingham, returned September 1st, after a patrol to help control drug trafficking from Southern Baja California. The 42-day patrol involved cooperation with both United States Customs and Border Protection, as well as the Mexican navy.
On August 21st, a boat was reported as suspicious by the partnered air patrols in the area, and the Terrapin intercepted it. Smugglers, claiming to be Mexican nationals, as well as an estimated 90 bales of marijuana totaling nearly a ton in weight, were found. Suspects, vessel, and marijuana were all turned over to the Mexican navy.
The Terrapin primarily serves Washington’s western coastline by patrolling and responding to various calls.