Coast Guard Cutter James returns from inaugural patrol with over five tons of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter James returns from inaugural patrol with over five tons of cocaine
A family member of a Coast Guard Cutter James crewmember holds a sign on the pier at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina, March 31, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake) CHARLESTON, S.C. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James returned home to Charleston, South Carolina, Friday following a 60-day, multi-mission patrol. During...

Coast Guard offloads approximately 16 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades

Coast Guard offloads approximately 16 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades
The Coast Guard Cutter James crew and a Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew offload approximately 16 tons of cocaine Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017 in Port Everglades. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James’ crew offloaded approximately 16 tons of cocaine Tuesday in Port Everglades. The cocaine...

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba home after nabbing cocaine, heroin drug traffickers

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba home after nabbing cocaine, heroin drug traffickers
BOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned to its homeport in Boston, Sunday following a 70-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During its 12,000 nautical mile patrol, the Escanaba interdicted over 1,200 kilograms of cocaine, 20 kilograms of heroin, and seven suspected narcotics traffickers. They also worked with a Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron to pursue and board six vessels...

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home to St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home to St. Petersburg, Fla.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy G. Bakels greets his family after returning to home port in St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, July 3, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returned to their homeport in St. Petersburg, Friday, following a 51-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea conducting counter illicit...

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,...

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seizes $16 million dollar cocaine shipment off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seizes $16 million dollar cocaine shipment off Puerto Rico
The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seized approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine and apprehended three Dominican smugglers March 18, 2015, off the coast of Guayama, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard transferred custody of three Dominican smugglers and approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine to the Drug Enforcement Administration Tuesday, following an at-sea interdiction...

Coast Guard Cutter Rush to return from successful deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Rush to return from successful deployment
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard Cutter Rush is scheduled to return home to Honolulu, from an 83-day deployment Sunday. The Rush departed Sept. 30 for Mexico to participate in the North American Maritime Security Initiative Pacific Exercise. This full scale exercise coordinated the capabilities between Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. Forces to plan and execute a combined response to a maritime security threat. To...

Coast Guard marksman shoots out engines of fleeing panga, 7,100 pounds of marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers detained

Coast Guard marksman shoots out engines of fleeing panga, 7,100 pounds of marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers detained
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard crews intercepted a panga boat with approximately 7,100 pounds of marijuana and three suspected smugglers aboard in international waters some 155 miles southwest of San Diego, Tuesday morning. It was the second time this month that Coast Guard and partner agencies have thwarted a major marijuana smuggling operation in the area. In the most recent incident an aircrew...

Jacksonville Coast Guardsmen receive national law enforcement award

Jacksonville Coast Guardsmen receive national law enforcement award
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guardsmen at the Jacksonville-based Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron were presented with the United States Interdiction Coordinator’s Rotary-Wing Unit of the Year award during a ceremony at HITRON Thursday. The award recognizes significant contributions to counter the increasing international and asymmetric threat posed by the trafficking of narcotics...