The crew of a Coast Guard cutter based in Maine has returned to the state after seizing more than 4,800 pounds of cocaine, valued at more than $80 million, during a two-month mission in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific.

The cutter Campbell returned Sunday to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery after a patrol in which its crew seized or disrupted a total of seven vessels that were trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States.

Campbell had been deployed in support of an international operation focused on disrupting the smuggling of illegal drugs into the United States.

The crew of the Campbell also rescued eight Cuban migrants who were trying to sail from Cuba to the United States in an “unseaworthy vessel.”

The Campbell is a 270-foot-long endurance cutter. Most of its crew members live in Maine or New Hampshire.


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