Smuggler in historic Coast Guard drug bust off Oregon coast sentenced to prison

Smuggler in historic Coast Guard drug bust off Oregon coast sentenced to prison
PORTLAND, Ore. – The smuggler apprehended in a historic Coast Guard drug seizure off the Oregon coast in 2019 was sentenced to prison Thursday. John Philip Stirling, 66, a Canadian citizen, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine under the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (MDLEA). On April 9, 2019,...

Coast Guard repatriates 35 migrants to the Dominican Republic

Coast Guard repatriates 35 migrants to the Dominican Republic
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos file photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard repatriated 35 migrants to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Friday, following the interdiction of an illegal migrant voyage Thursday by Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement crews in the Mona Passage. The interdiction is the result of ongoing efforts in support of Operation Caribbean Guard and...

Coast Guard medically evacuates ships captain over 100 miles offshore

Coast Guard medically evacuates ships captain over 100 miles offshore
Coast Guard Cutter Thetis file photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard medically evacuated the Captain of the 734-foot Singapore-flagged container ship M/V Maersk Batam Monday night, approximately 100 nautical miles south of Puerto Rico Monday night. The Captain of the M/V Maersk Batam, 57, is a citizen of the United Kingdom, who experienced life threatening symptoms of a possible stroke during...

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 Cutter Legare returns home after interdicting over 3,300 pounds of drugs

Coast Guard Cutter Legare returns home after interdicting over 3,300 pounds of drugs
The Coast Guard Cutter Legare pulls into the pier at Base Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia, (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake) Portsmouth, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, Virginia, after a 65-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Thursday. The crew of the Legare...

Coast Guard interdicts 69 migrants near Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic

Coast Guard interdicts 69 migrants near Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon  interdicted 37 illegal migrants near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico  (Coast Guard Photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC-616) repatriated 44 of 69 Dominican migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday, following the interdiction of three separate illegal migrant voyages near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Five of...

Coast Guard interdicts 9 Cuban migrants southeast of Tavernier Creek

Coast Guard interdicts 9 Cuban migrants southeast of Tavernier Creek
A Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton small boat crew interdict a Cuban migrant vessel and safely embark the migrants 25 miles southeast of Tavernier Creek, Florida Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.  (Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton) MIAMI — The Coast Guard interdicted nine Cuban migrants 25 miles southeast of Tavernier Creek, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders...

Coast Guard increases inspection operations during busy shipping season

Coast Guard increases inspection operations during busy shipping season
A member of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New York and K9 Ruthie inspect goods in the Port of Philadelphia for contraband, November 13, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay PHILADELPHIA – Members of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, Customs and Border Protection and multiple state and local...

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...