Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returns home after seizing $140 million of cocaine in Pacific Ocean

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returns home after seizing $140 million of cocaine in Pacific Ocean
The embarked helicopter crew who were essential to mission success by stopping non-compliant vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Anderson. KEY WEST, Fla. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned home to Key West, Florida, Sunday after an exciting and eventful 65-day patrol operating off the coast of Central and South America. Thetis, a 270 foot cutter based...

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $4.6 million Wednesday. While on routine patrol, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft located a 35-foot go-fast vessel transiting at a high rate of speed without navigation lights....

Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless apprehends five smugglers, seizes $3.2 million cocaine shipment

Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless apprehends five smugglers, seizes $3.2 million cocaine shipment
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump transferred custody Saturday of two Guyanese and three Jamaican smugglers as well as 215 pounds of cocaine, interdicted by the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless aboard a Guyanese fishing vessel July 2 in the Caribbean Sea. The interdiction was the result of a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation...

Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returning to Seattle after seizing nearly six tons of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returning to Seattle after seizing nearly six tons of cocaine
The deck of Coast Guard Midgett lined with stacks of interdicted contraband including 1,232 pounds of cocaine and 110 pounds of marijuana  (Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Benjamin Berg) SEATTLE – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett will return to Pier 36 in Seattle Thursday at 10 a.m. following a 71-day counter-drug deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. During...

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads approximately $13.7 million of seized contraband

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads approximately $13.7 million of seized contraband
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offload bales of seized marijuana at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, June 12. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloaded 328 kilograms of cocaine and 3,100 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $13.7 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach,...

Royal Netherlands Navy and U.S. Coast Guard seize 13,000 pounds of marijuana and 12 smugglers

Royal Netherlands Navy and U.S. Coast Guard seize 13,000 pounds of marijuana and 12 smugglers
Thirteen thousand pounds of marijuana inside the cargo freighter Caribbean Soul were offloaded in Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 17, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo). SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard, the Royal Netherlands Navy and U.S. law enforcement partner agencies seized 13,000 pounds of marijuana, a cargo freighter and apprehended 12 smugglers, during an at-sea interdiction May 13, 2015 in the...

Great Lakes Coast Guard and partners assist with 13 search and rescue cases during Memorial Day weekend

Great Lakes Coast Guard and partners assist with 13 search and rescue cases during Memorial Day weekend
CLEVELAND — Five instances of boaters operating under the influence of alcohol and 13 search and rescue cases across the Great Lakes during the recent holiday weekend showcase the need for boating safety precautions and the importance of boaters looking out for each other. Numerous good Samaritan boaters and local responders arrived on scene and rendered assistance  to distressed boaters prior...

Coast Guard, CBP disrupts possible drug smuggling off Morro Bay

Coast Guard, CBP disrupts possible drug smuggling off Morro Bay
This poster, based on a submission to the Coast Guard Art Program, illustrates the 11th District Coast Guard’s anti-smuggling and panga awareness campaign. (Graphics by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers) ALAMEDA, Calif. — U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection crews disrupted an apparent drug smuggling operation approximately 30 miles west of San Simeon earlier this week. A...

U.S., Canada announce record drug seizure rates

U.S., Canada announce record drug seizure rates
A Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell crewman guards more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine during an offload at Naval Base San Diego, April 16, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell)SAN DIEGO – Officials from the U.S. and Canada welcomed back a U.S. Coast Guard cutter with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine Thursday as allied forces set record drug seizure rates in the Eastern...