Coast Guard, Columbia navy partner interdict 7.5 metric tons of drugs

Coast Guard, Columbia navy partner interdict 7.5 metric tons of drugs
A Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant Over the Horizon boat crew approaches a 72-foot motor vessel approximately 46 miles northeast of Panama, June 8, 2020. (Coast Guard Photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard and partner agencies interdicted approximately 1,500 packages testing positive for cocaine on a 72-foot motor vessel approximately 46 miles northeast of Panama, June 8, 2020. While on routine patrol, a Coast...

Cutter Vigilant interdicts 6,800 lbs of cocaine near Costa Rica

Cutter Vigilant interdicts 6,800 lbs of cocaine near Costa Rica
The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant crew seized a total of 122 bales of cocaine in back-to-back interdictions of go-fast vessels just off the coast of Limon, Costa Rica, June 15, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo). CARIBBEAN SEA — The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) crew seized a total of 122 bales of cocaine, Monday, in back-to-back interdictions of go-fast vessels just off the coast of Limon,...

Coast Guard offloads $5.6 million in cocaine in San Juan

Coast Guard offloads $5.6 million in cocaine in San Juan
A Coast Guard Donald Horsley crewmember helps offload approximately 150 kilograms of seized cocaine that were transferred federal law enforcement authorities Saturday, at Sector San Juan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Donald Horsley (WPC-1117) offloaded approximately 150 kilograms of seized cocaine and transferred custody of three suspected smugglers...

Coast Guard Cutter James offloads 30,000 pounds of cocaine, marijuana

Coast Guard Cutter James offloads 30,000 pounds of cocaine, marijuana
The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew and interagency partners stand amongst 30,000 pounds of interdicted narcotics at Port Everglades, Florida, June 9, 2020. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL-754) crew offloaded approximately 23,000 pounds of cocaine and approximately 6,900 pounds of marijuana, all worth more than an...

54-year-old Coast Guard cutter seizes 1,090 lbs of suspected cocaine

54-year-old Coast Guard cutter seizes 1,090 lbs of suspected cocaine
Cocaine on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Confidence in international waters of the Pacific Ocean off Central America in mid-May 2020. (Coast Guard photo) ALAMEDA, Calif. – A 54-year-old Coast Guard cutter seized approximately 1,090 pounds of suspected cocaine in mid-May with an estimated value of $18.7 million from a go-fast vessel in international waters of the Pacific Ocean off Central America. A...

Coast Guard Cutter James seizes 3,350 lbs of marijuana off Central American

Coast Guard Cutter James seizes 3,350 lbs of marijuana off Central American
The Coast Guard Cutter James with its deployed 26-foot over-the-horizon cutter boat and a go-fast vessel interdicted off the Coast of Central America in mid-May 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard seized approximately 3,350 pounds of marijuana in mid-May with an estimated value of approximately $6 million from a go-fast vessel in international waters of the Pacific Ocean...

Coast Guard recovers 11 bales of adrift cocaine

Coast Guard recovers 11 bales of adrift cocaine
Ten of 11 bales of interdicted cocaine in Puerto Rico (Coast Guard Photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutters Paul Clark (WPC-1106) and Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) crews recovered a total of 11 bales of cocaine approximately 10 miles southwest of Desecheo Island, Friday. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a debris field approximately 10 miles southwest of Desecho Island....

Smuggler in historic Coast Guard drug bust off Oregon coast sentenced to prison

Smuggler in historic Coast Guard drug bust off Oregon coast sentenced to prison
PORTLAND, Ore. – The smuggler apprehended in a historic Coast Guard drug seizure off the Oregon coast in 2019 was sentenced to prison Thursday. John Philip Stirling, 66, a Canadian citizen, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine under the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA). On April 9, 2019,...

Coast Guard Cutter Active offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard Cutter Active offloads $37 million of cocaine in San Diego
Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Active offload more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $37 million, seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean in May, 2020. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray.) SAN DIEGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active (WMEC-618) offloaded more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine Wednesday seized in early May from known drug-transit...