Operation Martillo: USS Nicholas seizes more than 4 tons of drugs
By Dialogo July 20, 2012
MAYPORT, Fla. — Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport in Florida, seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo on July 17.
Crew members offloaded approximately 3,408 kilograms (7,513 pounds) of cocaine, and 109 kilograms (240 pounds) of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of more than US$93 million. The amount of cocaine seized was enough for 7.2 million doses, each dose approximately the same size as a sugar packet.
USS Nicholas is returning to port after a 175-day deployment supporting counter illicit trafficking operations aimed at disrupting transnational organized crime and keeping drugs off the streets.
With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do: disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding officer. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of other naval units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the partner nation navies, we executed a successful deployment.”
During the deployment, Nicholas — with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) — conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters of South and Central America.
[Navy.mil, 17/07/2012; Wokv.com, 18/07/2012]