Tampa-based federal prosecutors, investigators recognized for their efforts to combat drug trafficking

Tampa-based federal prosecutors, investigators recognized for their efforts to combat drug trafficking
An interagency team receives the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award for their efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking during a ceremony at U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Florida, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse TAMPA – An interagency team received the Coast Guard...

Crewmember of suspected trafficking vessel dies after interdiction by U.S. Coast Guard

Crewmember of suspected trafficking vessel dies after interdiction by U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Hulme ALAMEDA, Calif. — A crewmember of a vessel suspected of illicit trafficking activity in the Eastern Pacific Ocean died Tuesday night during the U.S. Coast Guard’s pursuit and interdiction of the boat some 200 miles off the west coast of Isla de Coco, Costa Rica.  The exact cause of death is not known and is under investigation. A...

Coast Guard offloads $33.9 million worth of cocaine and marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard offloads $33.9 million worth of cocaine and marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez offloads 2,367 pounds of cocaine at Sector San Juan Aug. 28s. (U.S. Coast Guard photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guardsmen offloaded approximately 2,367 pounds of cocaine and 2,074 pounds of marijuana Sunday and transferred custody of seven suspected smugglers following two separate drug smuggling attempts in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic...

Coast Guard offloads 11 tons of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard offloads 11 tons of cocaine in San Diego
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman guards pallets of cocaine prior to offloading them at Naval Base San Diego on August 18, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman) SAN DIEGO – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman offloaded approximately 11 tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego, Thursday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized a combined total...

Coast Guard, CBP seize $1.42 million dollars in cocaine aboard Isleño ferry in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard, CBP seize $1.42 million dollars in cocaine aboard Isleño ferry in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection law enforcement personnel seized approximately 125 pounds of cocaine July 22, 2016 aboard the Isleño ferry in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection law enforcement personnel seized approximately 125 pounds of cocaine Friday morning aboard the Isleño ferry in Fajardo, Puerto...

Coast Guard offloads $5 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard offloads $5 million of cocaine in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Coast Guard law enforcement officers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator offload approximately 150 kilograms of cocaine worth $5 million estimated wholesale value at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, Monday, July 18, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) TAMPA – The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 150 kilograms of cocaine Monday worth...

Coast Guard apprehends 3 Dominicans in drug smuggling attempt off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard apprehends 3 Dominicans in drug smuggling attempt off Puerto Rico
A boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon’s small boat is on scene with a suspected drug smuggling vessel with three Dominican men onboard June 23, 2016(U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard transferred custody of three Dominican men suspected of drug smuggling to federal law enforcement officers Sunday, following the interdiction of a  go-fast boat June...

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns to Boston after catching 15 smugglers, 4.6 tons of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns to Boston after catching 15 smugglers, 4.6 tons of cocaine
A Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Squadron MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and bales of intercepted cocaine on the deck of Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, Monday, June 6, 2016, in the Pacific Ocean.(U.S. Coast Guard photo) BOSTON — Coast Guard Cutter Seneca is scheduled to return to its homeport in Boston, Saturday following a 68-day deployment to the Pacific Ocean. The Boston based cutter transited through...

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offloads 21 tons of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offloads 21 tons of cocaine in San Diego
Coast Guard Cutter Waesche crewmembers offload seized cocaine from the Waesche in San Diego on June 13, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Simpson. SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded approximately 21 tons of cocaine seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean from the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche in San Diego, Monday. An additional eight tons of contraband...