PORT ANGELES: No rest for the cutter



SAN DIEGO — The cutter Active doesn’t plan to rest.

After being involved in the largest drug seizure in maritime history, the Port Angeles-based U.S. Coast Guard vessel is taking on new supplies as its crew prepares to head south on routine patrol again.

But officials don’t expect another record bust before the cutter’s scheduled June 10 mooring back home in Port Angeles.

“There’s always hope,” Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Howard Blair said from the Active. “This is kind of a once in a lifetime deal for everybody on board.”

The crew expects to receive another snowflake decal to post on the side of the Active when the vessel returns home.

The Active has already earned a snowflake and two marijuana decals for its role in previous drug busts.

This bust, however, resulted in the seizure of 13 tons of cocaine from the Svesda Maru, a Belize-flagged fishing boat discovered 1,700 miles south of San Diego.

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