Coast Guard, Navy interdict, seize $331 million of cocaine

Coast Guard, Navy interdict, seize $331 million of cocaine
SAN DIEGO — More than eight and half tons of cocaine seized or recovered in fourteen interdictions in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean were offloaded from the USS Vandergrift (FFG 48) Friday and turned over to federal officials as evidence in the prosecution of suspected smugglers. Another two tons of contraband seized in five additional cases in the Eastern Pacific region were...

Statement by the Coast Guard on Cuba policy changes

Statement by the Coast Guard on Cuba policy changes
MIAMI — Coast Guard missions and operations in the Southeast remain unchanged. The Coast Guard strongly discourages attempts to illegally enter the country by taking to the sea. These trips are extremely dangerous. Individuals located at sea may be returned to Cuba.

Coast Guard offloads approximately $44 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg

Coast Guard offloads approximately $44 million of  cocaine in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive offloaded approximately 1,328 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of nearly $44 million at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday. During an Operation Martillo patrol on Nov. 29, crewmembers from the Decisive detected a 170-foot bulk freighter motor vessel northeast of Punta San Blas, Panama. After communicating...

Coast Guard nabs 2 smugglers, seizes contraband during an at-sea interdiction in the Caribbean

Coast Guard nabs 2 smugglers, seizes contraband during an at-sea interdiction in the Caribbean
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark, transferred custody of two suspected smugglers and 71 pounds of cocaine Saturday, worth an estimated $800,000 wholesale value, seized in a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of Operation Caribbean Guard and Coast Guard Operation Unified Resolve. Early Wednesday morning a JIATF-S fixed-wing marine surveillance aircraft...

Coast Guard to enforce Kailua Bay security zones during presidential visit

Coast Guard to enforce Kailua Bay security zones during presidential visit
HONOLULU — Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce a temporary security zone in waters off Kailua Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. The temporary security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the President of the United States. The security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday to 10 p.m. Jan. 5 unless canceled earlier by Captain Shannon Gilreath, U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port. The...

Coast Guard’s notice of proposed rulemaking on cruise ship terminal security published in Federal Register

Coast Guard's notice of proposed rulemaking on cruise ship terminal security published in Federal Register
WASHINGTON — The Federal Register Wednesday published the U.S. Coast Guard’s notice of proposed rulemaking amending its regulations on cruise ship terminal security. This proposed rule would standardize screening activities for all persons, baggage and personal effects at cruise ship terminals while also allowing an appropriate degree of flexibility that accommodates and is consistent with different...

Coast Guard, Canadian agencies investigating vessel hijacking on Niagara River

Coast Guard, Canadian agencies investigating vessel hijacking on Niagara River
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Canada’s Niagara Regional Police and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a reported hijacking of a Canadian-flagged charter vessel by two Canadian men Tuesday afternoon. About 1:30 p.m. the master of an 18-foot Canadian charter vessel took his boat to Coast Guard Station Niagara, New York, to report that just...

Shiprider Training reinforces successful U.S. Coast Guard – Royal Canadian Mounted Police Partnership

Shiprider Training reinforces successful U.S. Coast Guard - Royal Canadian Mounted Police Partnership
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and their U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement counterparts are scheduled to participate in a rigorous two-week joint U.S.-Canadian maritime patrol training program starting Dec. 8, 2014, at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, S.C. Under the Shiprider program, specially-trained, cross-designated Coast Guard and...

Operation Martillo drug bust results in $35 million of cocaine

Operation Martillo drug bust results in $35 million of cocaine
KEY WEST, Fla. – The crew of Her Majesty’s Ship Argyll offloaded 840 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $27.9 million at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Florida, Saturday, and an additional 216 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $7.1 million in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Tuesday. While on a routine patrol, a Joint Interagency Taskforce South maritime...