First class cross country captain Andrea Barrameda was part of a memorable day in Coast Guard history this past summer. She was a part of the largest drug bust in Coast Guard history as the USCGC STRATTON intercepted a semi-submersible (a small homemade submarine) that was filled with 12,000 pounds of cocaine valued at 181 million dollars.
"We launched the H-65 and one of the two small boats to go after what we thought was a GoFast (a motor boat carrying drugs), said Barrameda. "While the H-65 was up in the air, they spotted something in the water that looked out of the ordinary. They decided to inspect what they saw and when they got a closer look they realized that it was a semi-submersible"
The crew went through their extensive boarding process and by the time they finished that, it was too late in the day to unload the semi-submersible.
"The next day, I was on watch in the morning and saw the whole off loading of drugs from the semi-submersible to the STRATTON," said Barrameda. "It took half the day to off load the drugs. The amount of drugs that we on-loaded onto the boat was an indication to the whole crew that we may have just seized the largest drug bust in Coast Guard history, and it turned out that we did."
It was a memorable day for Barrameda who handled the situation like a regular seizure and did not realize the magnitude of the event until the drugs were off loaded.
"I felt like this was any other case we had; it was just another sub and another chance to prevent drugs from getting into the country, but when I saw the amount of drugs that came from that one sub, I was shocked," said Barrameda. "I have never seen anything like this in my life and I could not believe that I was lucky enough to witness the biggest drug bust in Coast Guard history. I have never felt more proud and motivated to serve the United States of America by being a part of the greatest service, the United States Coast Guard."
Whether it is a major drug seizure or a difficult class at school Barrameda uses running at the Coast Guard Academy as her stress reliever and outlet.
"What I love about running at the academy is how it is my outlet for everything. Running is my go to stress reliever, my time to make decisions, and I always feel better after a run even if it is a hard workout," commented Barrameda. "Running pushes me and makes me competitive within myself and as a result makes me competitive when I need to be in life."
The Bears are back in action this Sunday, November 1st, when they travel Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts for the NEWMAC Championships.