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 Forward Offloads Almost 18 Tons of Cocaine

February 5, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC-911) offloaded approximately 34,780 pounds of cocaine Tuesday in Port Everglades worth an estimated $466 million wholesale seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America and represent 21 separate, suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the U.S. Coast Guard: The cutter Forward was responsible for eight cases seizing an estimated 14,207 pounds of cocaine. The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) was responsible for five cases, seizing an estimated 9,460 pounds…

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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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Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton oversees Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response

September 20, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL-753) oversaw five Coast Guard cutter in the Surface Action Group South during Hurricane Florence response efforts. The SAG South conducted post storm damage assessments of the Cape Fear River, Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina. The combined efforts of the cutter Hamilton, Coast Guard Cutters Harriet Lane (WMEC-903), Northland (WMEC-904), Dependable (WMEC-626), Spencer (WMEC-905) and Richard Snyder (WPC-1127), assisted in the reconstitution of Coast Guard Stations Oak Island and Fort Macon. The SAG South also conducted port assessments for…

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