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Centralia Man Recognized For Help During Coast Guard Cocaine Bust

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class from Centralia is being recognized for his work in helping to seize $78-million in cocaine from a fishing vessel.  

Quatorius Carr was aboard the frigate USS Rentz when it was involved in the seizure of 2,123 pounds of cocaine from the fishing vessel 260 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands.  

The Rentz is currently conducting counter-transnational organized crime operations as part of Operation Martillo.  The operation targets illicit trafficking routes in international coastal waters in the Central America area.  The Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment aboard the frigate discovered and confiscated the large cache of cocaine shortly after boarding the suspect vehicle.  

Operational Martillo started in January 2012.  Since the inception, 318,133 pounds of cocaine and 25,052 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $40-billion has been confiscated.   

Carr is the son of Lenice Taylor of Marion and Derrick Carr of Centralia.  He is a 2004 graduate of Centralia High School and joined the Navy in 2006.  

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