Navy Takes Part in Biggest Portuguese Cocaine Bust in 15 Years

The Navy participated on the high seas, through an Ocean Patrol Vessel and the Marine Special Action Detachment, in the White Mare operation, which resulted in the seizure of a total of 183 bales of cocaine with an estimated gross weight of around 5.2 tons. ​This was a joint operation of the Judiciary Police, through the National Unit for Combating…

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Forceful Blow Against the Gulf Clan in the Pacific

111 semi-submersibles have been seized from 2018 to date. From the Bahía Málaga Naval Base in the Colombian Pacific, Defense Minister Diego Molano unveiled a major coup against the Clan del Golfo with ‘Operation Senen’, which resulted in the seizure of a semi-submersible, a neutralization and the capture of three members of the organization. “Thanks to the work of our…

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Wave Knight Delivers £17m Blow to Caribbean Drug Runners

COCAINE worth more than £17 million has been seized by the Royal Navy’s Caribbean Task Group – less than 24 hours into the first drugs patrol of their deployment. Support ship RFA Wave Knight intercepted the suspect craft as it headed across the Caribbean Sea at speed. Despite efforts by the suspected traffickers to dump their cargo overboard, eight bales…

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USCGC Forrest Rednour Returns From Cocaine Bust

Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour returned home on Sept. 26, following a 32-day patrol. The crew disrupted illegal narcotics smuggling, seizing more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine that was offloaded in San Diego, Friday. The drugs, worth an estimated $96 million, were seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico. “The crew excelled during this…

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US Coast Guard Intercepts 250 KGS of Cocaine in the Caribbean

Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark transferred custody of two smugglers and offloaded approximately 250 kilograms cocaine at Coast Guard Base San Juan Saturday, following Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore’s interdiction of a go-fast smuggling vessel in the Caribbean Sea. The apprehended smugglers are Dominican Republic nationals, who were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine aboard a vessel subject…

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Colombian Navy Has Intercepted 247 tons of Cocaine This Year

So far this year, the Colombian Navy has seized more than 247 tons of cocaine hydrochloride, preventing illegal organizations from receiving more than eight billion dollars The strategy implemented by the Colombian Navy to close spaces to drug trafficking in the Colombian Caribbean, allowed to deliver a new blow to the organized armed group “Clan del Golfo” by seizing 285…

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Seizing £17 Million Worth of Cocaine in the Caribbean

September 24, 2021 – The bust began when the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, Wave Knight, launched her Wildcat helicopter — callsign Knightrider — on a routine patrol. Just minutes later Knightrider’s crew reported back a suspicious small craft with three people on board and large objects on deck, as it was transiting through international waters near South America. Having been…

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USCCC Northland Returns From Eastern Pacific Patrol

USCGC Northland (WMEC 904) returned to Portsmouth Monday, following an 80-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the Coast Guard Eleventh District and Joint Interagency Task Force South. The Northland’s crew patrolled the Eastern Pacific performing counter-drug operations with the support of an aviation detachment from the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron flying an MH-65…

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Colombian Nationals Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Use “Narco-Submarines”

Six individuals who are part of the Fernando Pineda-Jimenez Transnational Criminal Organization have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a conspiracy to distribute cocaine using vessels subject to the jurisdiction of the United States (U.S.). Fernando Pineda-Jimenez, a/k/a “Padrino,” 40, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to…

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Colombia Captures Another Narco Submersible

September 15, 2021 – The Colombian Navy, through the Marine Infantry Brigade No. 4, during the development of a joint river operation with the National Army, managed to place an illegal infrastructure type artisanal clandestine shipyard, which had inside a semi-submersible in the final phase of manufacture, in the rural area of the village of San Miguel in the municipality…

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