U.S. Coast Guard cutter returns to SD

Boutwell was deployed to the Eastern Pacific

SAN DIEGO - Arriving just in time for Thanksgiving, the San Diego-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell returned to its home port Tuesday from a nearly three-month mission in the Eastern Pacific.

During the sea patrol, the 160-member crew of the federal maritime vessel captured a smuggling boat off the coast of Guatemala, seizing about 1,300 pounds of cocaine wrapped in eight bales and taking five suspected narcotics traffickers into custody, according to USCG public affairs.

The interdiction was the 20th major drug seizure for the 44-year-old cutter.

As part of the deployment, the crew also also helped rehabilitate a school in Golfito, Costa Rica.

The 378-foot ship, which arrived at Naval Base San Diego in the late morning, is named after George Sewall Boutwell, who served as treasury secretary under President Ulysses S. Grant.

Boutwell, an abolitionist, was also the 20th governor of Massachusetts, a senator and representative from that state and the first commissioner of internal revenue under President Abraham Lincoln.

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