Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, conducts pre-flight checks before departing the air station, Jan. 8, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki) Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki It was completely dark in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on the evening of October 3, 2018. Dense bands of cloud...

Coast Guard offloads 34,780 pounds of cocaine in Port Everglades

Coast Guard offloads 34,780 pounds of cocaine in Port Everglades
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward  amongst 34,780 pounds of interdicted cocaine at Port Everglades, Florida, Feb. 5, 2019.  Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray. MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC-911) offloaded approximately 34,780 pounds of cocaine Tuesday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $466 million wholesale seized in international...

Coast Guard interdicts 132 pounds of cocaine

Coast Guard interdicts 132 pounds of cocaine
A Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark smallboat crew interdicts two suspected smugglers and approximately 132 pounds of cocaine Jan. 31, 2019 east of Haulover Inlet, Florida. (Coast Guard Photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard interdicted two suspected smugglers and approximately 132 pounds of cocaine Thursday 5 miles east of Haulover Inlet. The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC-1106) crew initially detected...

Coast Guard seizes $3 million in cocaine off Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard seizes $3 million in cocaine off Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Four seized bales comprised of 200 pounds of cocaine with estimated wholesale value of $3 million dollars lay aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell Jan. 29, 2019. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell (WPC-1105) offloaded 200 pounds of cocaine Wednesday evening and transferred custody of four suspected smugglers to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration...

Coast Guard stops multiple migrant and drug smuggling events off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard stops multiple migrant and drug smuggling events off Puerto Rico
An overloaded vessel with approximately 35 migrants aboard is interdicted Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 approximately 34 miles west of Desecheo, Puerto Rico. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard interdicted a vessel, Monday, with 35 Dominican migrants and 4 kilograms of heroin approximately 34 miles west of Desecheo, Puerto Rico. The...

Coast Guard interdict suspected smuggler, migrants, drugs east of Dania Beach

Coast Guard interdict suspected smuggler, migrants, drugs east of Dania Beach
A Coast Guard Bernard C. Webber crewmember conducts a narcotics identification kit test on seized cocaine at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 7, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations and Customs and Border Protection interdicted a sport fisher boat with a suspected smuggler, two migrants, a U.S.-Bahamas dual citizen and 7 kilograms of cocaine...

Coast Guard Air Station Miami hosts Semi-Annual Tri-Lateral Meeting

Coast Guard Air Station Miami hosts Semi-Annual Tri-Lateral Meeting
Coast Guard members give a Tactical Law Enforcement Team demonstration to French military, Dutch military, Joint Interagency Task Force-South, Customs and Border Patrol, Coast Guard Sector San Juan, and Coast Guard 7th District members Dec. 18, 2018 at Coast Guard Air Station Miami. (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray) MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard hosted a Semi-Annual Tri-Lateral...

Coast Guard seizes $30 million in cocaine, apprehend 3 smugglers

Coast Guard seizes $30 million in cocaine, apprehend 3 smugglers
A go-fast interdicted, with three suspected smugglers and 2,606 pounds of cocaine onboard, by the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (in the background)  Dec. 11, 2018. SAINT THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos offloaded 2,606 pounds of cocaine and transferred custody of three suspected smugglers Friday to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agents...

Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy offload more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine

Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy offload more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine
Crew members from the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team offloads approximately 5,100 pounds of suspected cocaine from the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Edmonton at Naval Base San Diego Dec. 7th, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Taylor Bacon) SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy crews offloaded more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine Friday, worth nearly $70 million...