Coast Guard suspends search for 9 missing Cubans off Key West

Coast Guard suspends search for 9 missing Cubans off Key West
Coast Guard Cutter Thetis file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended the search for the nine missing Cubans approximately 26 miles southeast of Key West, Friday, at approximately 10:30 p.m., pending the development of new information. Coast Guard air and surface asset personnel conducted multiple search patterns for more than 192 hours. These searches covered approximately 7,459 square miles, which...

Coast Guard halts illegal use of “paper captains”

Coast Guard halts illegal use of “paper captains”
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries law enforcement teams investigated and ceased the use of illegal foreign nationals on a fleet of commercial tuna fishing vessels that operate out of the State of Washington during the summer months. Since 2019, Coast Guard personnel, working collaboratively with CBP and NOAA agents,...

Coast Guard suspends search for 10 missing people south of Long Key

Coast Guard suspends search for 10 missing people south of Long Key
Coast Guard Cutter William Trump file photo KEY WEST, Fla. —The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday at 6:45 p.m., for 10 people who were reported as missing approximately 8 miles south of Long Key. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a report of an overdue rustic vessel with 10 people aboard that departed Feb. 7 from Cuba. Coast Guard crews searched an area of about 12,300 square...

Coast Guard, partners interdict 7 drug-smuggling vessels in the Caribbean

Coast Guard, partners interdict 7 drug-smuggling vessels in the Caribbean
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier file photo. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations and the Dutch Caribbean coast guard interdicted seven suspected drug smuggling vessels over 10 days near Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Eastern Caribbean. The collaboration between the federal agencies resulted in more than 3,700 pounds of...

Coast Guard interdicts 23 illegal migrants, 2 smugglers east of Palm Beach

Coast Guard interdicts 23 illegal migrants, 2 smugglers east of Palm Beach
Pictured are 23 illegal migrants and two suspected smugglers on a 25-foot pleasure craft approximately 10 miles east of Palm Beach, Florida, Oct. 09, 2020.  Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Huber. KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations interdicted 23 illegal Haitian migrants and two Bahamian suspected smugglers approximately...

Coast Guard repatriates 33 migrants to the Dominican Republic

Coast Guard repatriates 33 migrants to the Dominican Republic
Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez (WPC-1114) repatriated 33 migrants to the Dominican Republic Wednesday morning, following the interdiction of two illegal voyages in the Mona Passage near Puerto Rico. The interdictions are the result of ongoing multiagency efforts in support...

Coast Guard, CBP interdict cocaine on Miami River

Coast Guard, CBP interdict cocaine on Miami River
The motor vessel La Temperance on the Miami River, Florida, Sept. 14, 2020. Coast Guard Sector Miami and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations law enforcement teams interdicted about 33 pounds of cocaine Monday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) MIAMI — Coast Guard Sector Miami and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations law enforcement teams interdicted about...

Coast Guard ends search for possible survivors of a reported sunken migrant boat

Coast Guard ends search for possible survivors of a reported sunken migrant boat
Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard rescue crews ended a four-day search Saturday night for survivors of a reported sunken migrant boat in the Mona Passage. Twelve migrants reportedly remain missing after search efforts revealed no signs of persons in the water nor of a debris field indicative of capsized or sunken...

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,...