Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns from 140-day deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns from 140-day deployment
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); ALAMEDA, Calif. — A local Coast Guard crew is scheduled to return to Alameda after they seized more than $183 million worth of illegal narcotics during a 140-day deployment Monday at 8 a.m. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf was deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central...

Coast Guard asks boaters, citizens in Northern California to remain vigilant

Coast Guard asks boaters, citizens in Northern California to remain vigilant
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard is asking coastal residents and the maritime community to remain vigilant and to immediately notify authorities if they observe any suspicious vessels or activities along the coast, in port, or at sea. Over the past few years officials have seen a trend of smugglers from Mexico traveling farther north along the California coast taking longer routes and...

Coast Guard Foils Attempt to Smuggle Drugs

SAN DIEGO – An estimated 427 pounds of marijuana has been seized by the U.S. Coast Guard in international waters off the coast of Baja California after patrol aircraft and cutters disrupted an apparent smuggling operation.

Coast Guard Nabs Drug Smuggler and $11 Million Cocaine Shipment

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Coast Guard personnel, working with their partners in the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), Puerto Rico, under the Caribbean Corridor Initiative, conducted a drug interdiction Tuesday off the west coast of Puerto Rico, arresting a purported drug smuggler and seizing approximately 1,248 pounds of cocaine and less than a pound of marijuana, with a street value...

HITRON Snipers Taking On Smugglers

Mens Vogue has a very interesting story about the HITRON snipers. Here’s an excerpt On a sunny fall day 300 miles off the west coast of Guatemala, Coast Guard pilot Dan Roberts readied for combat from the front seat of his MH-68A Stingray helicopter. In the back of the chopper, gunner Andrew Kramer — 30 years old and tightly wound — loaded his .50-caliber rifle, each bullet as thick and...

Coast Guard Confiscates 1,511 Pounds of Cocain, 17 Pounds of Heroin

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Coast Guard personnel, working with their partners in the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG), Puerto Rico made a drug interdiction in the Mona Passage Friday, May 23, 2008, detaining two drug smugglers and seizing approximately 1,511 pounds of cocaine and 17 pounds of heroin (approximately 600 kilos of drugs). The cases of the two drug smugglers, Josué Alberto...

Coast Guard to Begin Training with Armed Helicopters

CLEARWATER, Fla. – As part of an effort to expand homeland-security capabilities, helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., will begin Airborne Use of Force (AUF) training along Florida’s West Coast, from Citrus County to Collier County, beginning April 18. Providing our aircrews with the AUF capability will enhance our ability to perform our maritime security responsibilities,...

Coast Guard HITRON Crew Returns from Successful Patrol

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville will host a media availability today at 5:30 p.m. on one of the first interdictions from the new MH-65C helicopter. The HITRON crew involved in the pursuit will be available to discuss their experience, and the new MH-65C. The air crew was able to help seize more than 3,200 pounds of cocaine in international...

Coast Guard Offloading 3,200 Pounds of Cocaine

MIAMI — Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Bear are scheduled to offload approximately 3,200 pounds of cocaine, seized during a recent law enforcement patrol, at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this morning, marking the second interdiction involving the upgraded MH-65C Dolphin helicopter. The case began when a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrew from Air Station Clearwater,...