Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home after seizing $44 million in cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home after seizing $44 million in cocaine
Coast Guard Cutter Dependable file photo VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned home to Virginia Beach, Virginia, Monday after a 59-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. While deployed, the Dependable crew aided Joint Interagency Task Force South in conducting counter-drug and alien migrant interdiction operations. During their patrol, the Dependable’s boarding...

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, conducts pre-flight checks before departing the air station, Jan. 8, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki) Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki It was completely dark in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on the evening of October 3, 2018. Dense bands of cloud...

Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returns home after patrol in Carribbean

Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returns home after patrol in Carribbean
Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee C. Aiello The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returned home to Pensacola, Florida, after completing a 59-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During the patrol, Dauntless conducted joint operations with Department of Homeland Security air and surface assets to intercept over 80 migrants heading for U.S. soil, conducted four medical evacuations...

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home following counter-drug patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home following counter-drug patrol
Coast Guard Cutter Alert boarding teams interdict a low-profile go-fast vessel suspected of smuggling cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean Jan. 4, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo. ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned home Friday following a 60-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, seizing more than $83 million worth of cocaine during the deployment. The crew...

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns to Wilmington, NC

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns to Wilmington, NC
The Coast Guard Cutter Diligence moored in downtown Wilmington, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Marin. Wilmington, N.C. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington on Saturday, following a 42-day patrol in the Caribbean. The crew of the Diligence performed counter-drug operations and participated in international engagements in support of Joint...

Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy offload more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine

Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy offload more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine
Crew members from the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team offloads approximately 5,100 pounds of suspected cocaine from the Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Edmonton at Naval Base San Diego Dec. 7th, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Taylor Bacon) SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy crews offloaded more than 5,100 pounds of seized cocaine Friday, worth nearly $70 million...

Coast Guard aircrew helps rescue 4 from capsized boat off Costa Rica

Coast Guard aircrew helps rescue 4 from capsized boat off Costa Rica
A Grady White type boat with four people aboard waves frantically at a U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane off the coast of Costa Rica, Oct. 11, 2018.U.S. Coast Guard photo. PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard aircrew based out of North Carolina responded to boaters in distress Oct. 11, 2018, while supporting Joint Interagency Task Force South operations near Central America. The Coast Guard Air...

Coast Guard offloads more than 3,516 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard offloads more than 3,516 pounds of cocaine, 50 pounds of marijuana
A Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber crewmember carries a bale of cocaine during a drug offload at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Oct. 16, 2018.  Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray. MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) offloaded approximately 3,516 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of over...

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home after seizing $17 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns home after seizing $17 million worth of cocaine
Coast Guard Cutter Alert deployed to the Eastern Pacific with a HITRON crew Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll) ASTORIA, Ore. — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned home Saturday following a 50-day counterdrug patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 75-member crew aboard Alert conducted multiple law enforcement boardings in international...