CBP & USCG Celebrate 230th Anniversary of First Arriving International Vessel at the Port of New York/Newark

August 5, 2019 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) at the Port of New York/Newark held an event highlighting the 230th Anniversary of the legacy agency U.S. Customs Service, which preceded CBP, by greeting and processing an arriving international vessel marking the anniversary of the first foreign vessel to be processed in the United States at the Port of New York/Newark. The first ship to usher in this era under the new Customs regulations entered the port of New York on August 5,…

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Coast Guard, DEA, CBP Make Cocaine Bust off Loiza, Puerto Rico

January 22, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos (WPC-1118) offloaded 2,513 pounds (1,140 kilos) of cocaine Friday and transferred custody of three suspected smugglers to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard, DEA and Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities seized the $28.5 million dollar cocaine shipment and apprehended three men of Dominican Republic nationality, following the interdiction of a 30-foot go-fast vessel Friday night in waters north of Loiza, Puerto Rico. This interdiction is the result of ongoing multi-agency law…

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US, International Partners Interdict Half Ton of Cocaine, Rescue Four Suspects

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) and ARC 07 de Agosto intercepted a low-profile go-fast vessel (LPGFV) and seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7. During a routine counter-narcotics patrol, an AMO P-3 aircraft detected an LPGFV, which is a custom made ocean-going, high-speed motor boat built by drug traffickers to smuggle large quantities of illegal drugs. The boats are primarily made of fiberglass and they travel…

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