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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RFA Mounts Bay Lucky Narcotics Find

January 31, 2019 – Four million pounds worth of drugs will never reach the streets of the UK or USA thanks to the deterrent patrol of Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay. The ship had just begun work to curb the flow of illegal drugs from South and Central to North America with her helicopter crew. The Bay-class ship embarked a Dolphin helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) – earlier this month.…

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First Phase of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Closes

The United States, Cabo Verde and Senegal completed combined operations during Operation Junction Rain, a part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), in Dakar, Senegal, June 28. AMLEP pairs a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET) with partner nation maritime forces and interagency personnel to execute combined law enforcement operations. The U.S. boarding teams operated from partner nation vessels to identify suspect vessels or escort vessels that have been cited for illicit and criminal activities. “This part of Operation Junction Rain was a great success,” said Cmdr. Matthew…

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USCGC Escanaba Returns to Boston After Pacific Drug Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba “The Pride of Boston” returned to their homeport in Boston Thursday following a 64-day Eastern Pacific patrol that resulted in the seizure of 6.7 tons of cocaine worth an estimated $202 million in wholesale value. The 6.7 tons of cocaine offloaded represents the interdiction of five separate suspected drug smuggling vessels, including a rare self propelled semi-submersible vessel (SPSS). Each of the interdictions took place in the drug transit zones off the coast of Central and South America. During Escanaba’s at-sea interdictions, suspected vessels were initially…

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Coast Guard offloads more than 12 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba offloaded approximately 12.4 tons of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades. The drugs, worth an estimated $378-million, were interdicted in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean between mid-October and late November. The contraband is from suspected smuggling vessels interdicted in drug-transit zones off the coast of Central and South America by three U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship patrolling with an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team. The bulk offload represents: Five interdictions by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, approximately…

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Rushmore visits American Samoa during OMSI mission

USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, departed American Samoa after a scheduled two-day port visit, Sept. 5. Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Rushmore and embarked U.S. Coast Guard District 14 maritime law enforcement personnel departed San Diego Aug. 14 for a deployment supporting the Oceania Maritime Support Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program aimed to diminish transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and enhance regional…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Returns to Boston $92 Million in Cocaine

March 13, 2017 – Coast Guard Cutter Spencer is scheduled to return to their homeport in Boston, Monday after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels, resulting in the seizure of approximately 1,400 kilograms (3,080 lbs.) of cocaine worth more than $92 million. They also apprehended 13 suspected smugglers with the help of their deployed helicopter crew. The Spencer collaborated with the Costa Rican Coast Guard in the seizure of another fishing vessel smuggling about 2,900 lbs. of marijuana. “I could…

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