Cutter Valiant returns home after interdicting $27 million in cocaine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned to Naval Station Mayport Tuesday after completing a seven-week counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

While on patrol, the Valiant crew interdicted and seized more than 1,600 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $27 million. Three suspected narcotics traffickers were detained with the assistance of a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, off the coast of Panama, in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South.

“I could not be more proud of team Valiant as we successfully executed another difficult patrol in the face of a global pandemic,” said Cmdr. Jeff Payne, Valiant’s commanding officer. “This patrol was especially challenging with over 40 percent of the crew transferring prior to departure and several equipment casualties that required unique workarounds, but the crew always kept a positive attitude.”