The United States Coast Guard, in concert with Alaska State Troopers and local law enforcement agencies, seized drugs and illegal prescription medications in an operation focusing on the Alaska Marine Highway System and inter-island ferries.

Between June 24 and July 2, the joint operation randomly swept ferry terminals in Bellingham, Ketchikan and Kodiak. 

The operation by the numbers:

  • 1577 passengers assessed
  • 418 crewmembers assessed
  • 549 vehicles assessed
  • 56 grams of heroin seized
  • one ounce of methamphetamine seized
  • two pounds of non-commercial marijuana seized
  • undisclosed amount of illegal prescription drugs seized
  • undisclosed amount of alterants used to taint urinalysis testing
  • one firearm seized

“No matter what the amount of contraband we collect, the biggest win is knowing that we, alongside our partner agencies, deterred illegal activity on Alaska’s waterways including the use or shipment of illicit drugs,” said Lt.Cmdr. Bernard Auth, member of Coast Guard District 17 enforcement division. “We appreciate the continued support from our partner agencies in our fight against the opioid crisis.”

Petty Officer 1st Class Devon Waite, a member of USCG Maritime Safety/Security Team San Diego, & canine Bingo conduct a vehicle sweep aboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tustumena in Kodiak, 06/27/18. USCG photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean.

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