Coast Guardsmen and CBP officers receive national law enforcement award

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Coast Guardsmen and Customs and Border Protection officers received the United States Interdiction Coordinator Award (USIC) Monday during a ceremony at the Seventh Coast Guard District headquartered in Miami.

Also participating in the ceremony was Rear Adm. John H. Korn, Seventh Coast Guard District commander, who  recognized the superior performance of Coast Guardmen and CBP officers who contributed to the success of Operation Unified Resolve.

The award recognizes the superior performance of several interagency and international partners who contributed to the success of Operation Unified Resolve, which began in Sept. 2012 to help stem the maritime flow of illicit narcotics into Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Within the last year, this joint maritime law enforcement operation has resulted in the at-sea interdiction of 19 vessels, the arrest of 51 suspected drug traffickers, and the removal of more than 10,600 kilograms of cocaine and 8,450 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $360 million.

The Seventh Coast Guard District encompasses roughly 1.7 million square miles of the United States and Caribbean and is one of the main areas drug traffickers attempt to use in smuggling illegal narcotics into the U.S.

The annual USIC awards recognize significant contributions to the continuing effort to counter the increasing international and asymmetric threat posed by the trafficking of narcotics and other illicit substances.

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Michael Botticelli, the deputy chief of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, presents Coast Guardsmen and Customs and Border Protection officers the United States Interdiction Coordinator Award, Monday during a ceremony at the Seventh Coast Guard District headquartered in Miami. Also participating in the ceremony was Rear Adm. John H. Korn, Seventh Coast Guard District commander, who  recognized the superior performance of Coast Guardmen and CBP officers who contributed to the success of Operation Unified Resolve.  U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Laberdesque.

Michael Botticelli, the deputy chief of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, presents Coast Guardsmen and Customs and Border Protection officers the United States Interdiction Coordinator Award, Monday during a ceremony at the Seventh Coast Guard District headquartered in Miami.   U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Laberdesque.

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