US Coast Guard seize over 1 ton of cocaine, nab smugglers in Caribbean

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


CHARLOTTE AMALIE, United States Virgin Islands (CMC) — The United States Coast Guard says it seized an estimated 2,606 pounds of cocaine and nabbed three smugglers during an exercise in the Caribbean Sea earlier this week.

The Coast Guard said that the three suspected smugglers have been handed over to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents here and that it had collaborated with the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities in seizing the US$30 million cocaine shipment on Tuesday.

“This interdiction is the result of ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts in support of Operations Full Court Press, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Border Interagency Group,” the US Coast Guard said.

Lieutenant Commander Mario Gil, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter, Joseph Tezanos, said 'this case was a team effort and perfect example of Caribbean Border Interagency Group partners working in coordination with Joint Interagency Task Force – East to protect the people of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

“This case involved a high-speed chase of over 10 hours in challenging weather conditions that was possible thanks to the tenacity and persistence of the Tezano's crew and of our partners, who are proud to have completed the mission and prevented a large quantity of drugs from reaching the streets,” he added.

The US Coast Guard said the crew of two Customs and Border Protection Caribbean Air and Marine Branch maritime patrol aircrafts also responded and supported the interdiction by maintaining aerial surveillance of the go-fast vessel.

“Throughout the multi-hour pursuit, the Coast Guard and CBP aircrews vectored-in the cutter Joseph Tezanos to the go-fast's position,” it said.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT