RFA Mounts Bay’s £190K Drug Bust

March 6, 2019 – Just days after HMS Dragon bagged two tonnes of hash in the Indian Ocean, RFA Mounts Bay seized £190,000 of cocaine half a world away. The ship recovered 100kg of the Class A narcotic from Hessian sacks dumped in the Caribbean as drug-runners dumped their illegal cargo and fled from authorities. It’s the second time in a month the support ship has recovered drugs ditched in the ocean, tossed overboard by criminals determined not to get caught in the act. Last month, she came across 22kg…

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Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew returns home following 6-week counter-drug patrol

October 3, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home Wednesday to Naval Station Mayport following a six-week counter-drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew patrolled over 7,000 nautical miles in the Caribbean in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S). During their patrol, the crew worked closely with partner nations such as the Netherlands. After careful preparation and coordination, Valiant joined forces with the HNLMS Friesland, a Royal Netherlands Navy offshore patrol vessel, and the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon to ensure the safe…

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Coast Guard releases investigation report on death of suspected smuggler

February 13, 2017 – The Coast Guard has released its Major Incident Investigation (MII) Report into the death of a suspected smuggler who was killed during a law enforcement operation 195 miles north of the Galapagos Islands Aug. 30, 2016. Javier Darwin Licoa Nunez, 35, of Ecuador, died from fatal internal injuries caused by bullet fragments after a Coast Guard precision marksman from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Florida, disabled his fleeing smuggling vessel’s engines in the remote drug transit zone near the Galapagos. “The U.S. Coast Guard goes to…

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