While on routine patrol, the go fast vessel (GFV) was spotted by a Dominican Republican maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and Wichita was vectored in for a long-range intercept. Upon interception, Wichita deployed one of her helicopters, assigned to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, detachment 8, who observed the vessel jettisoning packages over the side. They continued to provide over watch and ensure compliance while the embarked LEDET on Wichita and small boats arrived to achieve positive control of the GFV. The vessel was searched and three suspected drug traffickers were detained.
Wichita and the embarked LEDET recovered an estimated 400 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth over an estimated wholesale value of $17 million.
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