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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HMS Dragon’s Sixth Drug Bust

March 4, 2019 – Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon has dealt another blow to the funding of terrorism after seizing more than 2,000kg of hash with her sixth drugs bust in three months. The Portsmouth-based warship struck again almost immediately after her fifth bust, this time seizing 101 bags of hashish while on patrol in the Indian Ocean. The sale of these drugs is a known source of funding for terrorist organizations and criminal networks. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “The outstanding work of HMS Dragon’s crew continues to be…

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FS Cassard Makes Second Drug Bust During CTF 150 Deployment

February 25, 2019 – More success for the French Navy as French Ship (FS) Cassard seized and destroyed 2,031 kg of hashish in the northern Arabian Sea in international waters off the coast of Oman on 22nd February, 2019. This marks the second successful boarding for FS Cassard while operating under the direction of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. On 31st January 2019, FS Cassard seized and destroyed over 665 kg of heroin during CTF 150 focused operation MARHABA. On this occasion, FS Cassard spotted and contacted a suspicious dhow…

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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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USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month

January 29, 2019 – While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24. Chung-Hoon’s visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team seized 4,700 kilograms of hashish while conducting a flag verification boarding. This is the second such interdiction within a month. The Chung-Hoon seized over 5,000 kilograms of hashish while patrolling the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 27, 2018. “What I’m most proud of is the synergy between our…

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People Smuggling & Drug Trafficking Operation Intercepted West of Puerto Rico

January 10, 2019 – The Coast Guard interdicted a vessel, Monday, with 35 Dominican migrants and 4 kilograms of heroin approximately 34 miles west of Desecheo, Puerto Rico. The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry, deployed to Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, detected the vessel Monday evening. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector San Juan diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez (WPC-1114), who arrived on scene, embarked the 35 migrants and discovered a backpack with 4 kilograms of heroin floating near the vessel. “While this…

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Australia passes CTF150 command to Brits

Nineteen boardings, 3.1 tonnes of heroin and 36 tonnes of hashish seized and destroyed, and over $2.7 billion AUD removed from terrorist networks. These numbers highlight the achievements of the Australian-led rotation of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) and their support to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) mission. The Australian-Canadian rotation, deployed since November 2017, completed their successful tour and showed the strength like-minded nations have in combating the trans-national threat of global terrorism. CDRE Mal Wise said he was proud of the achievements made by CTF150 during the past…

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HMAS Warramunga seizes eight tonnes of illicit drugs

HMAS Warramunga has intercepted two vessels and seized approximately eight tonnes of hashish valued at approximately $400 million during operations in international waters of the Arabian Sea. Warramunga has now seized 19.5 tonnes of hashish and 1.5 tonnes of heroin, valued in excess of $1.43 billion* since deploying to the Middle East in November 2017. On 3 March Warramunga’s Seahawk helicopter crew detected a vessel of interest during surveillance operations. A boarding party searched the vessel, uncovering 4.1 tonnes of illicit cargo. The Seahawk crew then detected a second vessel…

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Cocaine and Rescues Ocean Wildlife

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned to homeport in Key West Sunday following a 68-day Eastern Pacific counter drug patrol. The cutter Thetis crew worked alongside the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, an aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and a Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defense vessel in support of Operation Martillo seizing 6,755 kilograms of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana during eight separate interdictions that resulted in the apprehension of 24 suspected smugglers. While on patrol Nov. 19, the cutter launched its Over the Horizon…

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Colombian Navy Destroyed Semisubmersible & Seized More Than Half a Ton of Cocaine

Google Translation Destroyed semisubmersible and seized more than half a ton of cocaine Since 1993, when the National Navy seized the first semi-submersible, it has managed to seize 102 illegal devices, to date. The National Navy in the Colombian Pacific, continues to deal blunt blows to illegal organizations dedicated to drug trafficking, in the last hours, a semisubmersible was destroyed that was hidden in a mangrove and seized more than half a ton of cocaine hydrochloride when it was transported in an illegal boat by two Ecuadorians and a Colombian,…

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Coast Guard offloads more than $50 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence crewmembers offloaded approximately 1,800 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $50 million in St. Petersburg, Saturday. The offload is a result of a drug interdiction in the Caribbean by Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma crewmembers in August. While on routine patrol, Tahoma crewmembers detected and intercepted a 226-foot tanker suspected of smuggling contraband. The Tahoma crew launched a Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and small boat to the tanker. Coast Guard law enforcement officers seized 60 bales of contraband, which…

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Deployed maintenance for more time on task

HMAS Arunta on patrol in the Middle East region. Navy personnel and Defence civilians have deployed as one team to complete maintenance on deployment on an unprecedented scale. The beneficiary – HMAS Arunta, deployed for nine months on operations in the Middle East. This is the first time a combined team has been deployed to complete such a large number of maintenance tasks, which they hope will ensure Arunta can continue important duties with minimal disruption. Officer in charge of the team, Commander Rudi Overmeyer said the team was enthusiastic to undertake the maintenance aspect…

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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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