Coast Guard Cutter Becomes Tool in War on Drugs

A hundred United States Coast Guard members are back at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard after two months at sea. Their dangerous mission and the location of it might surprise you.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter "Campbell" has become an essential tool in the country's war on drugs.

Black plastic bags filled with cocaine, thousands of pounds of drugs bound for the United States, were intercepted by the crew.

The Maine-based crew is typically responsible for enforcing fishing laws in the North Atlantic, but as the War on Drugs intensifies on land, so too do their missions at sea.

For the first time in three years, the ship traveled to the Eastern Pacific for a 61 day counter-narcotics mission and arrived back home to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard last week.

No matter what the mission, life aboard the 270-foot ship is the same.

The 100 crew members share tight quarters - their only personal space being one drawer, a locker and a bed.

When a target is identified - Coxswain Cassandra Peacock takes charge. Her team of five boards a smaller, much faster boat and takes off to execute the mission.

They can be alone on the boat away from the ship for up to 12 hours at a time.

The crew safely intercepted seven drug-smuggling boats from South America, seizing $80 million worth of cocaine.

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