US Coast Guard seizes US$69 million in drugs, nabs suspected smugglers in Caribbean Sea


The United States Coast Guard says a crew of its Cutter Mohawk (WMEC 913) returned to its home port in Key West, Florida after a 59-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea in which four drug vessels were seized, five suspected drug smugglers detained, and about 4,000 pounds of cocaine seized with a street value of about US$69 million.

“These interdictions reflect teamwork and the unwavering resolve between the Coast Guard, federal law enforcement, Department of Defence, and our international partners to protect the region against the scourge of transnational criminal organisations,” said Cmdr James L Jarnac, Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk commanding officer.

“The crew of Mohawk demonstrated remarkable enthusiasm and commitment during the execution of our missions over the last eight weeks, and it remains my pleasure to serve with and for them,” he added.

During the patrol, the US Coast Guard said the Mohawk’s crew worked with multiple interagency and international maritime patrol aircraft and surface assets “to counter transnational criminal organisations and hinder the illicit flow of drugs, people, and other dangerous cargo into the United States.”

The US Coast Guard said this includes joint operations with the Dominican Republic Navy and Panamanian law enforcement officers, “which further strengthened foreign partnerships and to detect, deter, and interdict vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Panama.”

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  1. Exclusive Economic Zone of Panama.Where did I hear those same words echoed before? Just changed the name from Panama to Antigua and YIDA.There are things that could go on in a sovereign country within a country.Think about it.Because Yida has that privilege.Given to him by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.We the people would have to fight like hell to rescind those agreements.Yida has territorial waters off Antigua.Could imagined that?

  2. Why does these us coast guard leave the drugs alone to go to their destination people are getting fed up of this covid already and no money making what you think??? We’ll start growing in our yards! It’s not up to you to stop people from consuming these things it’s up to them so stop trying to be a super hero usa cause you’re not but a big looser I hate USA

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