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

Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas
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 enforcement operations in the Bahamas this past weekend. The OPBAT task force is comprised of elements...

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....

Seven crewmembers rescued, 100-foot coastal freighter sinks near Cap Haitien, Haiti

Seven crewmembers rescued, 100-foot coastal freighter sinks near Cap Haitien, Haiti
MIAMI — Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating they heard a distress call from a vessel claiming to be taking on water off the coast of Great Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast...

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...

Coast Guard, Turks and Caicos rescue crews assist 55 Haitians in water

Coast Guard, Turks and Caicos rescue crews assist 55 Haitians in water
MIAMI — Approximately 55 Haitians are being rescued by Coast Guard and Turks and Caicos rescue crews, 100 meters off the South Dock in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Wednesday. Approximately 55 Haitian migrants fell into the water Wednesday morning when their overloaded sail freighter capsized off the coast of Providenciales. The incident was reported from Turks and Caicos police to Coast Guard...

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 Cutter Vigilant and other agencies seize drugs in Great Inagua

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant, assisting Bahamas law enforcement officials, discovered 480 pounds of marijuana and assorted prescription drugs on board the motor vessel Issac which was apprehended on the Bahamian Island of Great Inagua April 4, 2012. At the request of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, cutter Vigilant’s boarding team conducted a joint...

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...