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Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf Breaks Up Major Cocaine Smuggling Operation

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's Special Purpose Craft takes an interdicted go-fast vessel in tow after it was stopped, July 8, in international waters approximately 80 miles off the coast of Guatemala. Two go-fast smuggling boats were pursued and interdicted simultaneously during the first drug interdiction for the newly commissioned cutter.



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Date Taken:07.08.2009

Date Posted:07.13.2009 15:04

Photo ID:187165

Resolution:4288x2848

Size:2.95 MB

Location:EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN, AT SEA

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