Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas

Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); A Bahamian official offloads bales of marijuana in Nassau, Bahamas, Sept. 6, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. MIAMI — A joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 2,842 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of over $2.5 million during three separate law...

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $4.6 million Wednesday. While on routine patrol, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft located a 35-foot go-fast vessel transiting at a high rate of speed without navigation lights....

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award

 Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award
MIAMI— Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director for Supply Reduction Marilyn Quagliotti presented the United States Interdiction Coordinator (USIC) Award to Coast Guard Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Thursday. “Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos is an outstanding example of a partnership which employs existing capabilities to meet a wide range of demands,” said Deputy...

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos interdicts 1,700 pounds of marijuana

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos interdicts 1,700 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI – A task force attached to Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized approximately 1,700 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of $1.5 million, in the vicinity of North Nurse Cay, Bahamas, Thursday. This interdiction is a direct result of a coordinated response with OPBAT task force. “This seizure represents the second major drug interdiction by OPBAT in 3 weeks,”...

Coast Guard opens new OPBAT hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas

Coast Guard opens new OPBAT hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas
Great Inagua, Bahamas – Rear Adm. William D. Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander, and The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime minister of The Bahamas, took part in the opening ceremony for the new OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos) hangar in Great Inagua, Bahamas, March 21, 2013.  The ceremony also honored the partnership between the United States and the Bahamas. OPBAT is...

Coast Guard locates downed aircraft near Bahamas

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard, and partner agencies responded to a downed single engine cirrus type aircraft with two people aboard in the water approximately 2 miles west of Andros, Bahamas, Saturday. Search-and-rescue coordinators at the 7th Coast Guard District command center in Miami received the report of a downed aircraft at about 12:15 p.m. Saturday from air traffic control tower personnel...

Coast Guard repatriates 91 Haitian migrants

MIAMI – Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer repatriated 91 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday. The 91 Haitian migrants were interdicted during two separate incidents since Friday. While conducting a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea, Spencer crewmembers located a 40-foot sail freighter east of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Friday. Spencer crewmembers safely embarked...

Coast Guard response to downed Bahamian aircraft highlights close partnership with Bahamian government

MIAMI – The Coast Guard’s response Monday to a downed Bahamian aircraft 23 miles from Freeport, Bahamas, highlights the Coast Guard’s close partnership with the Bahamian government.

Coast Guard and Bahamian officials locate downed aircraft

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard, Bahamian Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) and Royal Bahamian Defence Force (RBDF) responded to a downed Piper aircraft in the waters approximately 23 miles northeast of Freeport, Bahamas, Monday.