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...

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...

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...

Coast Guard Cutter Alligator offloads approximately $5.1 million of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Alligator offloads approximately $5.1 million of cocaine
CLEARWATER, Fla.— Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator offloaded approximately $5.1 million, estimated wholesale value, of cocaine Thursday at Sector St. Petersburg, Florida. The cocaine was seized in support of Operation Caribe Venture. During a routine patrol on Nov. 3, a Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine aircraft detected a 25-foot “go-fast” vessel in the...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns home with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns home with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine
SAN DIEGO – Coast Guardsmen offloaded more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego and were recognized by a senior Coast Guard official for their role in counter drug missions during a 90-day deployment Monday at 10 a.m. The crew of Cutter Boutwell turned the cocaine, worth more than $423 million wholesale, over to agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs were seized and...

Multi-national efforts disrupt drug smuggling attempt

Multi-national efforts disrupt drug smuggling attempt
SAN DIEGO — Multi-national efforts between the U.S., Canada and Mexico prevented an estimated 1,200 pounds of marijuana from reaching U.S. shores when they thwarted a smuggling attempt nearly 100 miles southwest of San Diego, Wednesday evening. The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aircraft detected a suspicious 35-foot panga boat Wednesday afternoon while on a routine patrol. Coast Guard Cutters...

Coast Guard Cutter Decisive seizes $4.8 million cocaine shipment in the Caribbean Sea

Coast Guard Cutter Decisive seizes $4.8 million cocaine shipment in the Caribbean Sea
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive seized a 317-pound cocaine shipment worth an estimated wholesale of $4.8 million, and apprehended two smugglers following an at-sea interdiction in the Caribbean Sea Friday, 80 nautical miles south of the Dominican Republic. While on a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea late Friday night, the crew of a Canadian CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol...

Coast Guard seizes more than $23 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard seizes more than $23 million worth of cocaine
MIAMI — Coast Guard Station Miami Beach is scheduled to offload approximately 719 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $23 million Thursday afternoon at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida. The offload is a result of a successful drug interdiction in the Caribbean Sept. 8, 2014. While on routine patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear spotted a suspicious...