Canadian warship helps seize 324 kg of Caribbean cocaine

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Summerside assisted in the seizure of more than 300 kilograms of cocaine March 7, 2016, while patrolling the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Nicaragua.     

Summerside is deployed on Operation CARIBBE, Canada’s contribution to the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

This success belongs to the ship’s company as well as the members of the United States Coast Guard we embarked for this operation,” said Lieutenant Commander Paul Smith, the commanding officer of HMCS Summerside. “After patrolling these waters together for more than a month and 5000 nautical miles, it’s satisfying to know we’ve contributed to helping keep these drugs off our streets at home.

At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, a lookout on Summerside reported “a faint light on the very tip of the horizon.” As it turned out, that light guided Summerside to the first significant drug bust of Op CARIBBE 2016.

It was pretty far away but it looked to me to be a sail,” said the lookout.

Once the sail was sighted, Summerside investigated and discovered it was a 12-metre sailboat.

Within an hour, four of the eight members of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) embarked on Summerside for Op CARIBBE were in a rigged-hulled inflatable boat, driven by one of Summerside’s boat coxswains, heading toward the sailboat.

After questioning the master about the sailboat’s…

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