Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Records First Marijuana Interdiction

March 29, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton conducted her first-ever stop, interdiction and seizure of a vessel trafficking marijuana March 22, while on patrol in the central Caribbean Sea. The quick response by the cutter’s law enforcement team led to the apprehension of six suspected smugglers and the seizure of nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth over $3.5 million. “I couldn’t be more proud of this crew,” said Capt. Mark Gordon, commanding officer of the Hamilton. “Even more important than the drugs they kept from reaching our borders, this…

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USCGC Forrest Rednour Returns to San Pedro After First Drug Bust

December 10, 2018 – A San Pedro-based Coast Guard cutter returned to her homeport Saturday following a two-week patrol that included the ship’s first drug bust. The recently commissioned Forrest Rednour interdicted approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana from a suspected smuggling vessel on Nov. 28 in international waters, approximately 30 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico maritime border. A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Multi Enforcement Aircraft spotted a northbound 25-foot cuddy cabin boat with three people aboard just before midnight, Nov. 27. The Forrest Rednour crew arrived…

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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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Big Drug Bust for Colombian Navy & Air Force

Google Translate In the last hours, units of the National Navy and the Colombian Air Force seized 245 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride and 89.5 kilograms of marijuana in development of a joint operation of patrol and maritime control in La Guajira waters. Rapid Reaction Units of the Whaling Coastguard Stations, Puerto Bolívar and Santa Marta, with the support of a maritime patrol aircraft of the Caribbean Aeronaval Group and two aircraft type SR 560 of the Combat Air Command No.3, pursued a fast go boat, 80 nautical miles from Cabo…

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