Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas

Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas
A Bahamian official offloads bales of marijuana in Nassau, Bahamas, Sept. 6, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. MIAMI — A joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 2,842 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of over $2.5 million during three separate law enforcement operations in the Bahamas this past weekend. The OPBAT task force is comprised of elements...

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $4.6 million Wednesday. While on routine patrol, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft located a 35-foot go-fast vessel transiting at a high rate of speed without navigation lights....

Seven crewmembers rescued, 100-foot coastal freighter sinks near Cap Haitien, Haiti

Seven crewmembers rescued, 100-foot coastal freighter sinks near Cap Haitien, Haiti
MIAMI — Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating they heard a distress call from a vessel claiming to be taking on water off the coast of Great Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast...

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award

 Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award
MIAMI— Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director for Supply Reduction Marilyn Quagliotti presented the United States Interdiction Coordinator (USIC) Award to Coast Guard Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Thursday. “Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos is an outstanding example of a partnership which employs existing capabilities to meet a wide range of demands,” said Deputy...

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...

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 interdicts 1,700 pounds of marijuana

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos interdicts 1,700 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI – A task force attached to Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized approximately 1,700 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of $1.5 million, in the vicinity of North Nurse Cay, Bahamas, Thursday. This interdiction is a direct result of a coordinated response with OPBAT task force. “This seizure represents the second major drug interdiction by OPBAT in 3 weeks,”...

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...