Coast Guard cutter crews seize $156M worth of cocaine

Coast Guard cutter crews seize $156M worth of cocaine
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf boarding teams interdict a low-profile vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, seizing more than 4,380 pounds of cocaine, Feb. 1, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. ALAMEDA, Calif. – Crews aboard two Alameda-based Coast Guard cutters interdicted three suspected drug smuggling vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean between Jan. 26 and Feb....

Coast Guard, Russian Border Guard patrol maritime boundary line

Coast Guard, Russian Border Guard patrol maritime boundary line
Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew and a Russian aircraft crew patrolled the Bering Sea maritime boundary line between Russia and the United States in mid-January. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham.) JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew and a Russian aircraft crew patrolled the Bering Sea maritime boundary line between Russia and the United States in...

Coast Guard Cutter Munro returns home following a 3-month, multi-mission patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Munro returns home following a 3-month, multi-mission patrol
The Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) transits the San Francisco Bay en route to the cutter’s homeport of Alameda, California, Sept. 7, 2020. Photo by Pablo Fernicola. ALAMEDA, Calif. — The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home Monday to Alameda following a three month, 15,000 mile, multi-mission patrol. Munro’s crew began their patrol in the Bering Sea and...

Coast Guard Cutter Munro Joins RIMPAC Following 37-day Alaska Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Munro Joins RIMPAC Following 37-day Alaska Patrol
PEARL HARBOR – A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, lands aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) ahead of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).  (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nate Laird) Alameda – The Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) began participation Monday, August 17, in this year’s exercise Rim...

Coast Guard Cutter Munro holds modified change-of-command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Munro holds modified change-of-command ceremony
Seven crew members participated in the Coast Guard Cutter Munro’s (WMSL 755) modified change-of-command ceremony aboard the cutter while moored at Base Alameda, Calif., May 1, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo Chief Petty Officer Matthew S. Masaschi. ALAMEDA, Calif. – Capt. Blake L. Novak relieved Capt. James C. Estramonte as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) Friday during...

Coast Guard cutter returns home after seizing $115M in cocaine

Coast Guard cutter returns home after seizing $115M in cocaine
Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew members inspect a go-fast vessel in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Jan. 16, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo). ALAMEDA, California — The Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home to Alameda Sunday after a 78-day deployment during which they seized an estimated $115 million worth of cocaine from suspected smugglers in the Eastern Pacific...

Coast Guard offloads $338 million of cocaine in San Diego

Coast Guard offloads $338 million of cocaine in San Diego
Coast Guardsmen assemble before preparing bails of cocaine to be offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) in San Diego, Feb. 10, 2020.(Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Gray) SAN DIEGO – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine Monday seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately...

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...

Coast Guard Cutter Munro returns home to Alameda following 98-day counterdrug patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Munro returns home to Alameda following 98-day counterdrug patrol
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus Lee, an electronics technician aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro, hugs his dog in Alameda, California, after returning to homeport, July 15, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada) ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) returned home to Alameda Monday following a three month counter-drug patrol in international waters off...