Coast Guard conducts Multi-Agency, Strike Force Operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard District 7 NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan container inspectors concluded a two-day Multi Agency Strike Force Operation (MASFO) Wednesday alongside federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies at the Horizon Lines maritime facility in Puerto Nuevo, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The multi-agency strike force successfully screened a total of 185 containers with a Customs and Border Protection VACIS X-Ray machine, and physically inspected 67 other containers and portable tanks, including multiple hazardous material containers.

During the MASFO no illegal drugs or contraband shipments were detected, while the multi-agency strike force detained two containers for improper hazardous material placarding and one other container other improper safety placarding.

The primary objective of the MASFO was to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the safe shipment of cargo. The MASFO was comprised of multiple inter-agency law enforcement teams to leverage jurisdictional authorities of each agency. The teams thoroughly inspected freight containers and portable tanks ensuring compliance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code as well as other U.S. regulations.

“The MASFO is a great example of routine interagency cooperation in the San Juan port community,” said Cmdr. David Berliner, Coast Guard Sector San Juan chief of prevention. “The timely and comprehensive inspections were aligned with the shared mutual objective of facilitating the safe and timely flow of commerce through the maritime and highway modes of transportation.”

The initiative combined the capabilities of numerous agencies including Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Administration (ATF), U.S. Postal Service (USPS), Puerto Rico Department of Treasury, Puerto Rico Police and San Juan Municipal Police.

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