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....

Coast Guard Imposes Restrictions on Vessels that Visit Venezuela

Washington – The Coast Guard has determined that vessels that ports in Venezuela are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and effective January 23, the Coast Guard will impose the following conditions of entry on vessels that visited ports in Venezuela during their last five port calls. Vessels must: Implement measures per the ship’s security plan equivalent to Security level...

Venezuela Growing as a Cocain Exporter

The Associated Press is reporting that Venezuela has become a major factor in the worldwide cocaine problem. White House drug czar John Walters told The Associated Press that Venezuela has shown no willingness to cooperate with U.S. officials against drugs. The flow of Colombian cocaine through Venezuela has quadrupled since 2004, reaching an estimated 282 tons (256 metric tons) last year, he said. “The...