Coast Guard Cutter Active seizes more than a ton of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean

 Coast Guard Cutter Active seizes more than a ton of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active seized an estimated 2,300 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $37 million, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean some 140 miles off the coast of Panama late last month. Active, home ported in Port Angeles, Wash., was on routine patrol in the region when it was directed to intercept a suspicious Panamanian fishing vessel...

Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Coast Guard HITRON

Senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Coast Guard HITRON
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crewmembers of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville hosted Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during his visit to HITRON Wednesday. During the visit, Battaglia was given a tour of the facilities, including two of the assets used at the unit. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan...

Multi-agency effort nets 853 lbs marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers

Multi-agency effort nets 853 lbs marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers
MIAMI — Coast Guard, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the Royal Bahamian Police Force crews have interdicted three suspected smugglers off the coast of Andros Island, Bahamas, Wednesday. The suspects and more than 850 pounds of marijuana, worth a wholesale value of $773,671, were taken into custody following a three-day pursuit of a go-fast vessel across more...

Coast Guard seizes $5.7 million cocaine shipment, apprehend 2 smugglers east of Vieques, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard seizes $5.7 million cocaine shipment, apprehend 2 smugglers east of Vieques, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized a 533 pound cocaine shipment, a go-fast vessel, and apprehended two men following an at-sea interdiction 22 nautical miles southeast of Vieques, Puerto Rico Sunday morning. Raddif Tapia-Rivera and Estevan DeCarlos were...

Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection disrupt smuggling attempt at sea

Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection disrupt smuggling attempt at sea
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) worked together to track and interdict a panga boat carrying approximately 6,900 pounds of marijuana with three men onboard approximately 140 miles south of San Diego, Saturday night. A CBP Office of Air and Marine Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) and Coast Guard air and surface crews tracked the panga off the Southern...

Coast Guard offloads $23 million of cocaine

Coast Guard offloads $23 million of cocaine
ST.PETERSBURG— Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge offload approximately 1,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $23 million, in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday. On March 12, during a patrol in the western Caribbean, crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa detected a suspicious go-fast vessel moving at a high rate of speed in international waters....

Coast Guard interdicts suspected drug smugglers off Southern California

Coast Guard interdicts suspected drug smugglers off Southern California
LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard and Customs & Border Protection worked together to interdict a panga vessel suspected of smuggling narcotics near Santa Rosa Island, Calif., late Monday morning. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received a report of a suspicious vessel from a Good Samaritan and launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles to investigate....

Nearly $122 million of seized cocaine offloaded in San Diego

Nearly $122 million of seized cocaine offloaded in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — Roughly four tons of cocaine seized by U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating from U.S. Navy, Canadian navy, and U.S. Coast Guard ships in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean were transferred Monday from the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz by U.S. law enforcement authorities to be used as evidence in legal proceedings against alleged smugglers. The contraband,...

Coast Guard, CBIG authorities seize $1.8 million marijuana shipment and detain two smugglers in the Caribbean Sea

Coast Guard, CBIG authorities seize $1.8 million marijuana shipment and detain two smugglers in the Caribbean Sea
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized a go-fast vessel, 30 bales of marijuana and apprehended two smugglers following an at-sea interdiction in the Caribbean Sea Sunday morning. Federal law enforcement authorities working in support of the Caribbean Border...