US Coast Guard offloads illegal narcotics seized in Caribbean Sea

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The United States Coast Guard says crew members from the Reliance-class Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless (WMEC 624) have offloaded more than US$148 million of illegal narcotics at Base Miami Beach from three separate interdictions in the Caribbean Sea in the past two weeks.

The US Coast Guard said that following the three interdictions, nine suspected drug smugglers from the Dominican Republic and Columbia were apprehended.

The Wave-class Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight (A389) crew seized about y 1,200 pounds of cocaine, the US Coast Guard said.

It also said that the Sentinel-class Coast Guard Cutter William Trump (WPC 1111) and the offshore patrol vessel His Netherlands Majesty’s Ship Holland (P840) crew seized about 6,700 pounds of cocaine in two interdictions.

The US Attorney’s Offices for the District of Puerto Rico, Southern District of Florida, and the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting these cases.

“These successful interdictions are the result of professional partnerships between the US Coast Guard, RFA Wave Knight, and HNLMS Holland crews,” said Hansel Pintos, US Coast Guard Seventh District spokesperson.

“The Coast Guard’s strong international partnerships, counter threats in the maritime domain, protect each of our countries from transnational organized crime, and work to stabilize and promote good governance in the region.”

The US Coast Guard said this effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation.

It said OCDETF “identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

“The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of effort in all phases, from detection, monitoring and interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by international partners and US Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation,” the US Coast Guard said.

It said a suspect vessel is initially detected and monitored during at-sea interdictions by allied, military or law enforcement personnel coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West, Florida.

The US Coast Guard said the law enforcement phase of operations in the Caribbean Sea is conducted under the authority of the US Coast Guard Seventh District, headquartered in Miami.

The interdictions, including the actual boardings, are led and performed by the US Coast Guard members.

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6 COMMENTS

    • @. Did they say the drugs were seized in Antigua and Barbuda…. why do u hate your country so much … some post on this news room is not worthy of pass the editor.. grow up and stop being so dumb

      • Antigua is indeed a non reading public…well apart from my post…did my post SAY the drugs were seized in Antigua??????

  1. @curious…my post gets past the editor because they have to get to you. I also posted under the MB allegations did you read that one…my new follower?

  2. Drugs are all through the Caribbean. I was in Grenada three years. They were there. I was in curaçao. More drugs and a USA forward ops base! In Antigua I have a friend former Brit navy drug interdiction…when we were having a drink in Rodney bay st Lucia he kept pointing out known smugglers he’d dealt with..some nodded to him on the quay!!! Lol
    My friends, us marines at the US curaçao base told me they’d only put their uniforms on at the airport or on board as the filthy Columbia’s, Venezuelan, Mexican cartel dirty faces were peeping from the bushes as their busses passed by. I see Carriacou had a boat fetch up with 7 bodies …. Hmmm

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