Nearly $122 million of seized cocaine offloaded in San Diego

Nearly $122 million of seized cocaine offloaded in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — Roughly four tons of cocaine seized by U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement teams operating from U.S. Navy, Canadian navy, and U.S. Coast Guard ships in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean were transferred Monday from the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz by U.S. law enforcement authorities to be used as evidence in legal proceedings against alleged smugglers. The contraband,...

Coast Guard LEDET aboard USS Rentz Intercepts 313 Kilograms of Cocaine

Coast Guard LEDET aboard USS Rentz Intercepts 313 Kilograms of Cocaine
By Ensign John Baldwin, USS Rentz Public Affairs USS RENTZ, At Sea – The frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46), Helicopter Squadron Anti-Submarine Warfare Light 49 Detachment 5, and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) personnel disrupted approximately 313 kilograms of cocaine while conducting counter drug trafficking operations in December in the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR). The...

Coast Guard Cutter returns home after 42-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter returns home after 42-day patrol
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Cutter Forward and crew returned to their homeport of Portsmouth Sunday following a 42-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During the deployment, the Forward’s crew participated in UNITAS 2013, a multi-national maritime exercise held in Cartagena, Columbia, with naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany,...

Coast LEDET Aboard USS Rentz Seizes a Ton of Cocaine Worth $78 Million

Coast LEDET Aboard USS Rentz Seizes a Ton of Cocaine Worth $78 Million
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Henderson, 4th Fleet Public Affairs USS RENTZ, At Sea – Less than a week on station in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) the frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 2,123 lbs. of cocaine from a fishing vessel north of the Galapagos Islands last week. The seizure is worth an estimated...

Coast Guard Apprehends Marijuana Smugglers After At-Sea Chase

Coast Guard Apprehends Marijuana Smugglers After At-Sea Chase
SAN DIEGO — The U. S. Coast Guard intercepted a suspected smuggling boat and took three suspected smugglers into custody early Wednesday morning in international waters approximately 90 miles southwest of San Diego. A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft on routine patrol first spotted the suspicious boat, known as a panga, near the Channel Islands. After being detected, the suspects attempted to flee and...