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PORTSMOUTH--The Portsmouth-based Coast Guard cutter, Legare, returned home Wednesday following a two-month counterdrug patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

While deployed, the crew seized more than two tons of contraband and helped with post-Hurricane Isaac response in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of August.

The Legare patrolled the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico conducting training, boardings and disaster relief.

In September, the Legare's boarding team found 51 cocaine-filled bales in a fishing vessel's hold. The fishing vessel crew was detained and the contraband, weighing in at more than two tons with an estimated worth of $56 million, was seized. The remaining evidence was later transferred to the Nicaraguan Navy for further processing.



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