Seizure of more than 48 Tons of Cocaine in 45 days

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – From today in Cartagena, the operational meeting of evaluation, analysis and lessons learned with the participating countries is carried out, and the planning of a new phase will begin. The Orion III Maritime and Fluvial Naval Campaign, led by the Colombian Navy, allowed eight concurrent operations, in the jurisdictional waters of each country, over the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the border rivers; The seizure of 48,338 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, 19,752 kilograms of marijuana, 1,067 kilograms of basic coca paste, and the…

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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Returns Home After Inderdicting $240 million in Drugs

March 25 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to Portsmouth Monday following a successful 85-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol off the coasts of Central and South America, Tampa’s crew successfully interdicted approximately 18,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $240 million. The Coast Guard increased U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions in international…

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Coast Guard, DEA, CBP Make Cocaine Bust off Loiza, Puerto Rico

January 22, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) offloaded 2,513 pounds (1,140 kilos) of cocaine Friday and transferred custody of three suspected smugglers to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard, DEA and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities seized the $28.5 million dollar cocaine shipment and apprehended three men of Dominican Republic nationality, following the interdiction of a 30-foot go-fast vessel Friday night in waters north of Loiza, Puerto Rico. This interdiction is the result of ongoing multi-agency law…

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Mexican Navy secures more than 800 kilos of alleged cocaine off Guerrero

March 1, 2019 – The Navy-Navy Secretariat of Mexico, as the National Maritime Authority and acting as Coast Guard, reports that personnel assigned to the Eighth Naval Region, based in Acapulco, Guerrero, achieved the assurance of approximately 816 kilograms of presumed illicit cargo with the characteristics of cocaine, two containers with presumed marijuana and fuel, as well as a smaller vessel with high-powered engines; likewise, the detention of three crew members off the coast of Guerrero was carried out. This action was carried out after conducting reconnaissance maritime and aerial…

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USCGC Dependable seizes $44 million in cocaine, returns to Virginia Beach

February 26, 2019 – 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 team intercepted a go-fast vessel off the coast of Mexico that was specially fitted to smuggle contraband. Once on scene, the boarding team confirmed that the vessel was carrying illicit narcotics along with three suspected drug smugglers. The interdiction resulted in…

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Colombian Navy in the Front Lines of War on Drugs

December 21, 2018 – With a successful operational balance and a positive impact on the populations of the nine departments of the northern region of the country, where the men and women of the Caribbean Naval Force are present, the work carried out by the Naval Force of the Caribbean is satisfactory. the units of the National Navy, during the year 2018. The deployment of the Caribbean Coastguard, Surface and Submarine Fleet units, the Caribbean Naval Air Group, Marine Infantry troops, the Military Gaulas of the departments of Bolívar and…

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USCGC Hamilton Home From Counter-Drug Patrol

December 17, 2018 – The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew returned to home Monday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston. Hamilton’s crew spent the majority of their 54-day deployment conducting counter-drug operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. At the beginning of the patrol, Hamilton executed an exhaustive three-day search, along with Coast Guard aircraft, for a civilian aircraft that reportedly crashed approximately 100 miles off the coast of South Carolina. While patrolling the drug-trafficking routes in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Hamilton detained 21 suspected drug smugglers from…

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Colombian Navy and National Police seize more than 600 kilos of Cocaine in Santa Marta

October 13, 2018 (Google Translation) – In a coordinated operation of patrolling and inspection of motor ships, Coast Guard units of the National Navy and the Judicial Police, seized 608 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride that were in a container inside a motorboat located in the Port Society of the city of Santa Marta, in the department of Magdalena. The units of the National Navy and the Judicial Police, during the inspection of the motorboat named “HAMMONIA HUSUM”, with registration 9326835 and the flag of Monrovia, which was docked at Pier…

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HNLMS Friesland Intercepts Cocaine Shipment

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – Patrol ship HNLMS Friesland has intercepted a boat with 900 kilos of cocaine north of Aruba. This happened after a 7-hour chase in the night of Thursday 20 September. In the interest of the research, the Defense organization will only announce drug seizure today. The navy’s NH90 airborne helicopter detected the so-called go fast during a patrol. The crew saw a large amount of packages on board. The Friesland and the helicopter immediately started the chase and tried to force the boat to stop.…

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USCGC Seneca Returns Home From Successful Drug Patrol

September 25, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned Tuesday to their homeport of Boston following a 50-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Seneca crewmembers and a tactical law enforcement detachment team conducted multiple interdictions while patrolling international waters off the coast of Central America and South America in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South). The interdictions resulted in more than 1,840 kilograms of cocaine and 35 pounds of marijuana seized with an estimated value of $61 million street value. Throughout the patrol, Seneca intercepted…

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USCGC Tahoma Offloads Over Six Tons of Cocaine in Port Everglades

September 15, 2018 – Approximately six tons of cocaine seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean were offloaded Monday in Port Everglades by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (WMEC-908).   The drugs, worth more than an estimated $170-million, represent drugs seized from six suspected smuggling vessels interdicted by crews from Tahoma and two other Coast Guard cutters between late July and August. ·        Tahoma was responsible for three interdictions, seizing an estimated 3,962 kilograms. ·        The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902) was responsible for two interdictions, seizing an…

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Coast Guard, USS Zephyr, Caribbean Border Interagency Group partners arrest 7 smugglers, seize $2 million dollars of cocaine

August 30, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin transferred four suspected smugglers and approximately one million dollars of cocaine to Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents in Mayaguez Thursday afternoon, following the interdiction of a go-fast vessel Sunday just off Loiza, Puerto Rico. In a separate case, Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities apprehended three other suspected smugglers and seized approximately one million dollars of cocaine following the interdiction of a go-fast vessel Monday off Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The interdictions were the result of ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts…

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Port Angeles-based Coast Guard cutter returns home following counterdrug patrol

USCGC Active (WMEC 618) returned home to Port Angeles Friday following a counterdrug patrol in international waters off the coast of Central America in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 75-member crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Active deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean where they interdicted three “panga” style vessels and one pleasure craft, resulting in the seizure of more than three tons of illicit narcotics worth an estimated $95 million in wholesale value. The crew apprehended 11 suspected drug smugglers during the interdictions who will be prosecuted in the…

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US, International Partners Interdict Half Ton of Cocaine, Rescue Four Suspects

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) and ARC 07 de Agosto intercepted a low-profile go-fast vessel (LPGFV) and seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7. During a routine counter-narcotics patrol, an AMO P-3 aircraft detected an LPGFV, which is a custom made ocean-going, high-speed motor boat built by drug traffickers to smuggle large quantities of illegal drugs. The boats are primarily made of fiberglass and they travel…

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Coast Guard offloads 36,000 lbs of cocaine in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 36,000 pounds of cocaine March 20th in San Diego, which was seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband offloaded by the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf’s (WMSL-750) crew represents 17 interdictions of suspected smuggling vessels off the coasts of Central and South America by five Coast Guard cutters between early February and early March. “This offload by the Bertholf represents the great work being conducted in the Eastern Pacific combating the transnational organized crime groups, behind the drug…

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