Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returns after massive cocaine seizure

The Charleston-based Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returned to port Friday evening after assisting in seizing more than 20 tons of cocaine, worth more than 200 million dollars.

The drugs were brought to Florida after being found on 27 different boats and ships off central and south America over the past three months.
As the ship had its lines tied to the pier families watched, just waiting for their loved ones to step off the ship.

"I'm nervous, I don't know why, I'm scared to see hI'm I don't know. Just happy and nervous and it's a weird feeling," Sheryl Franklin said.

Franklin and her husband, Petty Officer Miller, were married just seven days before he had to go back to sea.

"We got married 7 days before he left. And he's been gone for ninety-eight days and im super excited to have him back and be a wife," Franklin said.

Miller's mission was a successful one. This was the Cutter Hamilton's maiden voyage, and the captain said it was a successful one.

"For my crew it's just an emotional pride. They've been through a lot, it's a brand new ship and it's a lot of work and to see it come full stride like this is incredible,"Scott Clendenin Captain of the Cutter Hamilton said.

For both the captain and the men and women getting off the ship, everyone said they were just happy to be home for the holidays.

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