Coast Guard stops drug smuggling operation near Panama

Coast Guard stops drug smuggling operation near Panama
A Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba (WMEC-907) small boat crew recovered 40 bales of cocaine April 13, 2020, and a nearby Panamanian law enforcement boat crew recovered 43 bales, taking a total approximately $60 million wholesale that would have otherwise funded transnational criminal organizations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba) MIAMI — The Coast Guard stopped a drug...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home after 65-day counternarcotic patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returns home after 65-day counternarcotic patrol
A boarding team member from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast opens a bale of contraband March 15, 2020. U.S. Coast Guard photo. ASTORIA, Ore. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) returned home Friday to Astoria following a 65-day counternarcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The cutter intercepted and boarded five suspected smuggling vessels, including one go-fast-style...

Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore offloads 1,300 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore offloads 1,300 pounds of marijuana
The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore crew transfers 1,300 pounds of marijuana from the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane. The drugs were offloaded at Coast Guard Base Miami on April 13, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Bruna Pavan) MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore (WPC-1109) crew offloaded approximately 1,300 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $1.1 million dollars, April 13,...

Coast Guard seizes 1,700 pounds of cocaine off Central-American coast

Coast Guard seizes 1,700 pounds of cocaine off Central-American coast
Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk members conduct a boarding of the fishing vessel Amanda M in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America, April 9, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard and Costa Rican authorities seized approximately 1,700 pounds of cocaine Thursday with an estimated value of more than $29 million from a fishing boat in international waters...

Coast Guard offloads 1,100 pounds of marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard offloads 1,100 pounds of marijuana in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump offloaded 1,100 pounds of marijuana, Wednesday, at Sector San Juan.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad). SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump (WPC-1111) offloaded approximately 1,100 pounds of marijuana, Wednesday, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan. The seized drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale...

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 20,000 pounds of illegal drugs

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloads more than 20,000 pounds of illegal drugs
The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew offloads more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied cocaine at Port Everglades, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally) MIAMI—The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew offloaded more than 18,700 pounds of cocaine, nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana and 15 gallons of liquefied...

Coast Guard conducts operation at U.S. Virgin Islands ferry terminals

Coast Guard conducts operation at U.S. Virgin Islands ferry terminals
Coast Guard and federal law enforcement authorities completed a three-day multi-agency operation Feb. 22, 2020 in the U.S. Virgin Islands in support of Operation Full Court Press. SAINT THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Coast Guard and federal law enforcement authorities completed a three-day multi-agency operation Saturday in the U.S. Virgin Islands in support of Operation Full Court Press. This joint...

Coast Guard, partners apprehend 9 smugglers, seize $46.2 million in cocaine

Coast Guard, partners apprehend 9 smugglers, seize $46.2 million in cocaine
Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC-901) offload 3,086 pounds of cocaine Tuesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb. 4, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard, United Kingdom Royal Navy and U.S. law enforcement partners seized 1,400 kilograms (3,086) pounds of cocaine and detained nine suspected smugglers following the interdiction of two...

Three Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Smuggling Cocaine

Three Men Sentenced To Federal Prison For Smuggling Cocaine
Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced three Colombian nationals to federal prison terms for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine while onboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Carlos Chavez-Aguirre (35), Yesid Caicedo Asprilla (50), and David Hurtado Vallecilla (45) were sentenced...