Coast Guard cutters offload more than $330 million worth of narcotics

Coast Guard cutters offload more than $330 million worth of narcotics
The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC-903) crew approximately offloads 11,800 pounds of cocaine and marijuana at Port Everglades, Florida, Feb. 8, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose Hernandez) MIAMI — Two Coast Guard Atlantic Area-based cutters offloaded more than $330 million worth of illegal narcotics, Thursday and Monday, at Port Everglades, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The...

Coast Guard stops illegal passenger operation near Rincon, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard stops illegal passenger operation near Rincon, Puerto Rico
A Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon crewmember aboard the 32-foot Going Deep dive boat assesses the vessel’s passenger-for-hire operation during a boarding Feb. 7, 2021 near Rincon, Puerto Rico.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon and Sector San Juan marine investigators terminated an illegal passenger-for-hire operation Sunday for the 32-foot...

Coast Guard to conduct training exercise off Key West

Coast Guard to conduct training exercise off Key West
A Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team member conducts a vertical insertion from a Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter during an exercise. Coast Guard file photo. PORTSMOUTH, Va. — U.S. Coast Guard units will conduct a training exercise in the lower Florida Keys region from Tuesday through Saturday. This exercise will involve the use of Coast Guard boats and helicopters conducting boarding...

Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage after violation of Captain of the Port Order

Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage after violation of Captain of the Port Order
MIAMI — A Coast Guard Station Miami law enforcement team terminated the voyage of the 42-foot vessel Crescendo Friday after determining it violated a Captain of the Port Order near Miami Beach Marina. Owners and operators failing to comply with a federal Captain of the Port Order can face over $95,000 in criminal penalties. The vessel had 13 people aboard: two crew and 11 passengers-for-hire who...

Coast Guard, Navy offload $211 million worth of cocaine, marijuana in San Diego

Coast Guard, Navy offload $211 million worth of cocaine, marijuana in San Diego
Members of Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 407 (LEDET) offloads 11,400 pounds of cocaine and 9,000 pounds of marijuana in San Diego, Feb. 1, 2021.(Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray) SAN DIEGO – Coast Guard and Navy personnel offloaded approximately 11,400 pounds of cocaine and 9,000 pounds of marijuana Monday, amounting todd more than $211 million from seizures in international...

Coast Guard assesses civil penalty to illegal charter operator near Orange Beach, Ala.

Coast Guard assesses civil penalty to illegal charter operator near Orange Beach, Ala.
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard assessed a $3,000 civil penalty on Nov. 5, 2020, to a mariner found to be operating an illegal charter vessel near Orange Beach, Alabama. Orange Beach Police initially contacted Coast Guard Sector Mobile on May 23, 2020, with concerns of a suspected illegal passenger for hire operation in the area after seeing multiple advertisements on social media. The voyage was terminated,...

Coast Guard seeks assistance identifying vessel,involved in hit and run U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard seeks assistance identifying vessel,involved in hit and run U.S. Virgin Islands
Damage caused to the bow of an aluminum skiff that was struck by a white hulled center console vessel during a hit and run incident Jan. 24, 2021 in Cruz Harbor in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.  (Courtesy photo) ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Coast Guard marine investigators are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify the operator of a suspect vessel, a white-hulled center console...

Maine man charged with false distress call to Coast Guard

Maine man charged with false distress call to Coast Guard
ROCKLAND, MAINE — Nathan Libby, of Rockland, has been charged with making a false distress call to the Coast Guard on December 3rd, 2020 via VHF-FM radio channel 16. Based on the call, the Coast Guard initiated a search spanning more than five hours, which included the use of a local Coast Guard vessel, a Maine Marine Patrol vessel, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. A criminal...

Coast Guard offloads $8.5 million of cocaine in San Juan

Coast Guard offloads $8.5 million of cocaine in San Juan
Coast Guard offloads 302 kilograms of cocaine valued at $8.5 million, and transfers custody of two suspected smugglers to Caribbean Corridor Strike Force federal agents in San Juan, Puerto Rico Jan. 28, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutters Mohawk and Charles David Jr. transferred custody of two suspected smugglers and $8.5 million in seized cocaine to federal...