Multi-agency effort nets 853 lbs marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers

Multi-agency effort nets 853 lbs marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers
MIAMI — Coast Guard, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the Royal Bahamian Police Force crews have interdicted three suspected smugglers off the coast of Andros Island, Bahamas, Wednesday. The suspects and more than 850 pounds of marijuana, worth a wholesale value of $773,671, were taken into custody following a three-day pursuit of a go-fast vessel across more...

Coast Guard Cutter Farallon offloads $3.5 million cocaine shipment

Coast Guard Cutter Farallon offloads $3.5 million cocaine shipment
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Farallon offloaded 300 pounds of cocaine and transferred the custody of three Dominican Republic smugglers to Drug Enforcement Administration special agents and Customs and Border Protection officers Wednesday at Coast Guard Base San Juan, Puerto Rico. The offload and transfer of detainees followed an at-sea interdiction of a drug smuggling...

Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos seizes more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana

MIAMI — A joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 3,150 pounds of marijuana with an estimated wholesale value of over $3 million in the vicinity of Hatchet Point on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas, Thursday. The OPBAT task force was comprised of elements from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Bahamas Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU),...

Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos seizes $2 million in marijuana

Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos seizes $2 million in marijuana
Miami — Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Bahamian Police Force Drug Enforcement Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), located 67 bales of marijuana on Little Farmer’s Cay in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas, Friday. The seizure is the second in a week and is a direct result of coordinated U.S. and Bahamian counter-narcotics...

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos seizes 1,220 pounds of marijuana in the Caribbean

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios MIAMI – On Wednesday August 28, a joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 1,220 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $1.1 million in the vicinity of Andros Island, Bahamas. The OPBAT task force was comprised of elements from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the...

Coast Guard offloads 2,035 pounds of cocaine in Puerto Rico

Coast Guard offloads 2,035 pounds of cocaine in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Farallon’s crew offloaded approximately 2,035 pounds of cocaine, with a wholesale value of more than $25.5 million, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico Friday. The drug shipment was transferred to the custody of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agents, working as part of the joint federal law enforcement Caribbean Corridor Strike...

Drug Trafficking Threatens National Security, Official Says

Drug Trafficking Threatens National Security, Official Says
by Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – Narcotics trafficking, because of its links to other forms of transnational organized crime, has become a major national security challenge that demands continued close collaboration among the Defense Department and its interagency and international partners, a senior defense official told Congress yesterday. “A network of adversaries requires...

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant and other agencies seize drugs in Great Inagua

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant, assisting Bahamas law enforcement officials, discovered 480 pounds of marijuana and assorted prescription drugs on board the motor vessel Issac which was apprehended on the Bahamian Island of Great Inagua April 4, 2012. At the request of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, cutter Vigilant’s boarding team conducted a joint...

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant nabs $1.5 million in cocaine

Cutter Vigilant boarding team with cocaine traffickers. Coast Guard photoPORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Two bales of cocaine interdicted in the Eastern Caribbean Sea by Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant crewmembers was turned over to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials in Key West, Fla., Monday. Vigilant crewmembers received a report of a 40-foot northbound vessel transiting toward Dominica Sept. 28....