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Valiant effort: Coast Guard crew returns after drug-trafficking operations

During a Caribbean patrol, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant came to the aid of the crew aboard a 60-foot ferry Dec. 23, 2013. The Valiant towed the ferry about 150 miles to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where a Jamaican Defense Force patrol vessel took over. ((U.S. Coast Guard photo))
During a Caribbean patrol, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant came to the aid of the crew aboard a 60-foot ferry Dec. 23, 2013. The Valiant towed the ferry about 150 miles to Montego Bay, Jamaica, where a Jamaican Defense Force patrol vessel took over. ((U.S. Coast Guard photo))
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Updated: 1/16 4:09 pm
MAYPORT, Fla. -- A local Coast Guard crew has returned to home after completing a counter-narcotics operation in the Caribbean.

CGC Valiant supported Joint Interagency Task Force South during a four-week deployment. The crew helped monitor and track narcotic-trafficking suspects coming from Central and South America.

Law enforcement agents used the Valiant to board four boats and seized 160 kilograms of cocaine. Those drugs had an estimated value of $5.3 million, according to the Coast Guard.

The crew also helped a passenger ferry in trouble off the coast of Jamaica. CGC Valiant towed the disabled ferry to Montego Bay where the Jamaican Defense Force took over.
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