Coast Guard suspends search for 4 missing boaters in Puerto Rico

Coast Guard suspends search for 4 missing boaters in Puerto Rico
USCG File Photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard suspended the search for four boaters at sunset Tuesday, who have been missing since Thursday, after their vessel reportedly experienced mechanical problems near Icacos Cay in the area of ​​Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Still missing are Hector Méndez, 60, Héctor Méndez Jr., 30, Javier Méndez, 52, and Victor Goitia, 59. “As with any...

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for 4 overdue boaters near Fajardo

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for 4 overdue boaters near Fajardo
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos file photo FAJARDO, Puerto Rico. — The Coast Guard along with Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA) are searching for four overdue boaters Saturday aboard a 22-foot vessel near Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders received a notification from an emergency services telephone call reporting a 22-foot white Proline vessel Wepa with four people...

Coast Guard, CBP interdict three smugglers, 220 pounds of cocaine southwest of Cabo Rojo

Coast Guard, CBP interdict three smugglers, 220 pounds of cocaine southwest of Cabo Rojo
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos file photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Branch (CBP AMIO) interdicted approximately 220 pounds of cocaine 41 miles southwest of Cabo Rojo. A CBP AMIO aircraft crew located a 20-foot go-fast vessel with three people and suspicious duffle bags aboard. Coast Guard Sector San Juan watchstanders...

Coast Guard seizes $28.5 million in cocaine off Loiza, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard seizes $28.5 million in cocaine off Loiza, Puerto Rico
Bales of cocaine lie at Sector San Juan, March 22, 2019. Coast Guard Photo by Ricardo Castrodad. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) offloaded 2,513 pounds (1,140 kilos) of cocaine Friday and transferred custody of three suspected smugglers to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard, DEA and Caribbean...

Coast Guard interdicts 24 migrants off Mona Island, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard interdicts 24 migrants off Mona Island, Puerto Rico
Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma file photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma repatriated 20 of 24 Dominican migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday just off Samana, Dominican Republic, following the interdiction of a makeshift boat Saturday, approximately five nautical miles west of Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Four men among the interdicted migrants are facing federal...

Coast Guard interdicts 29 migrants, 1 suspected smuggler off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard interdicts 29 migrants, 1 suspected smuggler off Puerto Rico
Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard interdicted 29 migrants, and one suspected smuggler Tuesday following two separate at-sea interdictions. Two of the interdicted migrants are facing potential federal criminal immigration charges in Puerto Rico for attempted illegal re-entry into the United States, one will...

Coast Guard repatriates 41 migrants to the Dominican Republic

Coast Guard repatriates 41 migrants to the Dominican Republic
Coast Guard Cutter Tezanos (WPC-1118) crewmembers transfer four of eight migrants to the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier (WPC-1115) Dec. 19, 2018. The cutter Joseph Napier repatriated the migrants to La Romana, Dominican Republic Dec. 20, 2018. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard repatriated 15 migrants Friday and 26 others Thursday to the Dominican Republic, following the interdiction of four...

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 continues search for survivors of capsized migrant vessel off Dominican Republic

Coast Guard continues search for survivors of capsized migrant vessel off Dominican Republic
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos rescues a survivor of a migrant capsized boat during the afternoon of Dec. 6, 2018, in waters just off Isla Saona, Dominican Republic.  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews continue searching Friday for possible survivors of a capsized migrant boat in waters just off Isla Saona, Dominican Republic. So far, 21 people have been...