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Cutter Bertholf Drug Interdiction

A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf inspects an interdicted go-fast approximately 80 miles off the coast of Guatemala, Thursday, July 9. The boat was one of two suspected drug smuggling boats stopped by the Bertholf during the first drug interdiction for the year-old cutter.



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Date Taken:07.09.2009

Date Posted:07.13.2009 15:07

Photo ID:187166

Resolution:1131x808

Size:319.17 KB

Location:EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN, AT SEA

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  • EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - A bale of cocaine interdicted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf is checked into evidence, Thursday,  July 9, 2009. The bale was siezed during the cutter's disruption of a major drug smuggling operation where two go-fast smuggling boats were pursued and interdicted. The drug bust was the first for the year-old cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Anderson)
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  • Boarding team members from the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence board a drug smuggling speed boat in the waters between Haiti and Cuba, Aug. 13, 2012.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm.

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