HNLMS Groningen Intercepts 330 Kilo Cocaine Shipment

October 31, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Groningen intercepted a drug transport in the early morning of 19 October. To the west of Aruba, the patrol ship managed to stop a so-called go fast-speed boat with 330 kilograms of cocaine on board. A Dash-8, maritime patrol aircraft of the coastguard, discovered the fast motorboat on a well-known smuggling route. The Groningen was then called in. He traced the drug boat with the help of his fast FRISC interception boat. On board was a combined team of the US Coast Guard…

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Coast Guard Offloads Cocaine in San Diego

October 17, 2019 – The Coast Guard offloaded more than $92 million worth of seized cocaine in San Diego Wednesday. The cocaine, worth more than $92 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents four suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the crews of three Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late July and early October by the following Coast Guard cutters: Alert (WMEC-630) was responsible for two cases, seizing approximately 4,000 pounds of cocaine Robert Ward…

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HNLMS Groningen Intercepted 390 Kilos of Cocaine Near Bonaire

September 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – HNLMS Groningen intercepted 390 kilos of cocaine near Bonaire on 26 August. Defense only announced this today due to the judicial completion of the case. The successful action took place in close collaboration with the US Coast Guard. The intercepted vessel and drugs have been transferred to the US authorities. Groningen has been station ship in the Caribbean since April and will stay there for 2 years. It is a test in which not the ship but only the crew changes every 4 months.…

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PCU Midgett’s Second Major Cocaine Interception

August 15, 2019 – PCU Midgett (WMSL 757) interdicted a suspected low-profile go-fast vessel July 31, seizing more than 4,600 pounds of cocaine during a boarding in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. This was the second at-sea cocaine seizure made by Midgett’s crew within five days. Midgett’s crew seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine July 25 from a low-profile go-fast boat, the cutter’s first cocaine seizure ever since departing the Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard in June following acceptance by the U.S. Coast Guard. The two boardings resulted in…

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USCGC Steadfast returns home after $311 million cocaine seizure

July 31, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) returned home July 30th to Astoria following a 56-day counternarcotic patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew interdicted five suspected smuggling vessels, including three pangas, a fishing vessel and a sailboat, and the crew recovered floating bales of contraband yielding more than 23,000 of cocaine. The Steadfast crew offload more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday, which was a result of the cutter’s five interdictions, bale recovery and an interdiction case by the Coast Guard Cutter…

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13 Tons of Cocaine Offloaded in San Diego

July 26, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-632) offloaded more than 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine in San Diego Friday. The cocaine, worth an estimated $350 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents six suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and the recovery of floating cocaine bales by the crews of two Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late June and mid-July. Five of the interdictions were carried out by the Steadfast’s crew, one of the…

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Ventôse Cocaine Bust off Dominica

June 27, 2019 (Google Translation) – Committed to the fight against drug trafficking since May 23, 2019, the surveillance frigate Ventose made the interception of a Go Fast on the night of Sunday, May 26 to Monday, May 27, 2019, off the coast of Dominica . While the helicopter embarked on board is in surveillance flight, it detects, not far from a tapouille, a boat Go Fast type fast remoteness. This suspicious situation triggers the launching of the Ventôse Armed Forces speedboat by the visiting team. Then begins a chase…

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Colombian Navy Makes 500 Kilo Cocane Bust

May 30, 2019 (Google Translation) – So far this year, about 50 tons of cocaine have been seized by the Colombian Navy, thanks to a strong fight against drug trafficking. In the last hours, the Colombian Navy, in a joint and coordinated operation with the National Army and the Police, seized 488 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, which were transported by four individuals aboard a speedboat in the area. general of Candelilla de la Mar, south of the department of Nariño. Thanks to Intelligence information, a vessel was detected that, late…

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Groningen Takes Part in Major Cocaine Bust

May 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship Zr. Ms Groningen intercepted more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean last week. This happened together with an American coast guard team on board the Groningen. After the NH-90 on-board helicopter discovered a suspicious boat, it was stopped. The drugs and crew have been transferred to the US Coast Guard authorities. They ensure further prosecution. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship is used as a station ship for drug control operations and humanitarian…

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Colombian Navy Seizes 200KG of Cocaine

May 18, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the development of sustained offensive operations against drug trafficking organizations, Units of the Colombian Navy managed to seize 198.60 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in an illegal warehouse, as well as 0.602 kilograms of marijuana, two vessels , two engines and communication equipment, on the coast line, on the general area of ​​the municipality of Acandí, in the department of Chocó. The integration and exchange of information allowed Units of the Marine Infantry Infantry Battalion No. 16, operationally attached to the Joint Task Force…

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Seizure of more than 48 Tons of Cocaine in 45 days

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – From today in Cartagena, the operational meeting of evaluation, analysis and lessons learned with the participating countries is carried out, and the planning of a new phase will begin. The Orion III Maritime and Fluvial Naval Campaign, led by the Colombian Navy, allowed eight concurrent operations, in the jurisdictional waters of each country, over the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the border rivers; The seizure of 48,338 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, 19,752 kilograms of marijuana, 1,067 kilograms of basic coca paste, and the…

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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Returns Home After Inderdicting $240 million in Drugs

March 25 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to Portsmouth Monday following a successful 85-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol off the coasts of Central and South America, Tampa’s crew successfully interdicted approximately 18,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $240 million. The Coast Guard increased U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions in international…

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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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Mexican Navy secures more than 800 kilos of alleged cocaine off Guerrero

March 1, 2019 – The Navy-Navy Secretariat of Mexico, as the National Maritime Authority and acting as Coast Guard, reports that personnel assigned to the Eighth Naval Region, based in Acapulco, Guerrero, achieved the assurance of approximately 816 kilograms of presumed illicit cargo with the characteristics of cocaine, two containers with presumed marijuana and fuel, as well as a smaller vessel with high-powered engines; likewise, the detention of three crew members off the coast of Guerrero was carried out. This action was carried out after conducting reconnaissance maritime and aerial…

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