Interdiction Committee to hold press briefing on semi-submersible interdiction

WASHINGTON — The Interdiction Committee and the U.S. Coast Guard are scheduled to conduct a press briefing here Friday, 10 a.m., in the commandant’s situation room, 2100 2nd St. SW, to announce details of the second interdiction of a drug laden self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel since Saturday.

Rear Adm. Joseph R. Castillo, the Coast Guard’s director of response policy, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ted Branch, Navy director of information, plans and security, John Stanton, director of the P-3 program for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine, and Charles Garland of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a representative from the Drug Enforcement Agency, will discuss the recent SPSS drug busts and the growing threat from SPSS craft.

The Interdiction Committee is an inter-agency committee founded in 1987 and chartered by the Office of National Drug control Policy to discuss and resolve issues related to the coordination, oversight and integration of international, border and domestic interdiction efforts in support of the National Drug Control Strategy.

The first SPSS interdiction this week happened Saturday when a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment embarked aboard the USS McInerney seized a stateless, self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel with seven tons of cocaine aboard about 350 miles west of Guatemala in the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The second interdiction happened Wednesday.

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