- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard Cutter Bear is returning to Virginia.

The Coast Guard says the ship will return to its base in Portsmouth on Friday.

The ship had been on a two-month patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Earlier this month, the ship seized more than $23 million worth of cocaine from a cargo vessel northeast of Panama in international waters.

In August, a helicopter crew from the Bear and a boarding team helped stop and later destroy a speed boat that was smuggling 32 bales of cocaine north of the Gulf of Uraba.

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