Coast Guardsmen and CBP officers to receive national law enforcement award

Southeastern Coast Guard News
MIAMI — Florida Coast Guardsmen and Customs and Border Protection officers are scheduled to receive the United States Interdiction Coordinator Award Monday during a ceremony at the Seventh Coast Guard District headquarters in Miami.

The award is scheduled to be presented by Michael Botticelli, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, to Coast Guardsmen and CBP officers from various units in the area.

The award recognizes the superior performance of several interagency and international partners who contributed to the success of Operation Unified Resolve. Operation Unified Resolve 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.

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