The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Active” came into Yaquina Bay Sunday and tied up to the NOAA docks for a short stay over. The USCGC Active is a drug-runner interceptor that patrols the West Coast of the U.S. and Latin America. Photos show the ship’s crew towing in a drug smuggling boat, as well as transporting prisoners to a larger vessel. The last photo is that of a drug boat that was set afire to sink.
The Active recently finished a tour of drug interceptions at sea, confiscating two drug smuggling vessels, 124 pounds of cocaine, arresting eight suspects as well as cooperating in a larger drug sweep of the seas off Latin America that netted another six drug smugglers and an additional 300 pounds of cocaine.
The Active’s home port is Port Angeles, Washington. The crews’ normal tours at sea last up to 55 days. In addition to drug interdiction, the Active monitors fisheries activities, monitors environmental protection issues and actively engages in major search and rescue operations.