Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads approximately $13.7 million of seized contraband

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloads approximately $13.7 million of seized contraband
Crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offload bales of seized marijuana at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, June 12. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloaded 328 kilograms of cocaine and 3,100 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated wholesale value of $13.7 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach,...

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seizes $16 million dollar cocaine shipment off Puerto Rico

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seizes $16 million dollar cocaine shipment off Puerto Rico
The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma seized approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine and apprehended three Dominican smugglers March 18, 2015, off the coast of Guayama, Puerto Rico. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard transferred custody of three Dominican smugglers and approximately 1,100 pounds of cocaine to the Drug Enforcement Administration Tuesday, following an at-sea interdiction...

Coast Guard Cutter Rush to return from successful deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Rush to return from successful deployment
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard Cutter Rush is scheduled to return home to Honolulu, from an 83-day deployment Sunday. The Rush departed Sept. 30 for Mexico to participate in the North American Maritime Security Initiative Pacific Exercise. This full scale exercise coordinated the capabilities between Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. Forces to plan and execute a combined response to a maritime security threat. To...

Coast Guard marksman shoots out engines of fleeing panga, 7,100 pounds of marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers detained

Coast Guard marksman shoots out engines of fleeing panga, 7,100 pounds of marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers detained
SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard crews intercepted a panga boat with approximately 7,100 pounds of marijuana and three suspected smugglers aboard in international waters some 155 miles southwest of San Diego, Tuesday morning. It was the second time this month that Coast Guard and partner agencies have thwarted a major marijuana smuggling operation in the area. In the most recent incident an aircrew...

Jacksonville Coast Guardsmen receive national law enforcement award

Jacksonville Coast Guardsmen receive national law enforcement award
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guardsmen at the Jacksonville-based Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron were presented with the United States Interdiction Coordinator’s Rotary-Wing Unit of the Year award during a ceremony at HITRON Thursday. The award recognizes significant contributions to counter the increasing international and asymmetric threat posed by the trafficking of narcotics...

Coast Guard offloads approximately $35 million of cocaine

Coast Guard offloads approximately $35 million of cocaine
MIAMI — Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered offloaded approximately 2,300 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of $35 million, at Base Miami Beach Saturday. On July 14, 2013, a deployed Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrew aboard an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft located a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages visible onboard. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard interdicts $17 million of cocaine from go-fast vessel

Coast Guard interdicts $17 million of cocaine from go-fast vessel
MIAMI — The Coast Guard intercepted 1,400 pounds of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of more than $17 million from a go-fast vessel in the southwest Caribbean Sea, Jan. 24, 2013. While conducting a law-enforcement patrol, the crew of a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine aircraft located a suspicious go-fast vessel with four persons aboard. The crewmembers from the Coast...

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable offloads approximately $14 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable offloads approximately $14 million worth of cocaine
MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Dependable offloaded 1,210 pounds of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of more than $14 million to Homeland Security Investigations in Key West, Fla., Tuesday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) Jacksonville, Fla., deployed with the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, noticed two suspicious vessels detected in the vicinity...

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returns to port following 2-month deployment, $25 million drug interdictions

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returns to port following 2-month deployment, $25 million drug interdictions
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returned to homeport in Port Canaveral Monday morning, concluding a 56-day deployment in the southern Caribbean during which the crew interdicted an estimated $25 million worth of drugs. The cutter and crew departed Port Canaveral Nov. 28, 2012, to conduct a counter-drug law enforcement patrol under Joint Interagency Task...