ALAMEDA - A U.S. Coast Guard crew returned home to Alameda on Monday after seizing more than $183 million worth of illegal drugs during a 140-day deployment, according to Coast Guard officials.

The crew, manning the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, was sent to the Eastern Pacific Ocean off of the coast of Central and South America in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South counter-drug operations, Coast Guard officials said.

Joint Interagency Task Force South is a task force that monitors illicit traffickers and assists U.S. and multi-national law enforcement agencies with the interdiction of illicit traffickers, according to the Coast Guard.

"Because our missions were a success, it made coming home even better," commanding officer of the Bertholf Capt. Mark Frankford said in a statement.



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