US Coast Guard seizes $ 7.5 million worth of cocaine from smugglers in Caribbean Sea ban

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Ban on a fast smuggling ship in the Caribbean Sea

Coast Guard Reef Shark transferred custody of two smugglers and unloaded approximately 250 kilograms of cocaine at Coast Guard Base San Juan on Saturday, following Coast Guard Kathleen Moore’s ban on a vessel smuggling fast in the Caribbean Sea. (Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard)

(US COAST GUARD) – Coast Guard Reef Shark transferred custody of two smugglers and unloaded around 250 kilograms of cocaine at the coast guard base in San Juan on Saturday, following the coast guard’s ban Kathleen Moore from a fast smuggling ship in the Caribbean Sea. .

The apprehended smugglers are nationals of the Dominican Republic, who have been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine on board a vessel under United States jurisdiction.

The cocaine seized has a roughly estimated value of approximately $ 7.5 million. US Coast Guard Special Assistant US Attorney Jordan H. Martin is charged with prosecuting this case.

The ban was the result of multi-agency efforts in support of enhanced US Southern Command counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere and coordination with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).

During a routine patrol Wednesday, a U.S. maritime law enforcement (MEA) aircraft detected a suspicious high-speed vessel about 145 nautical miles south of the Dominican Republic.

The San Juan Sector Coast Guard hijacked the cutter Kathleen Moore to carry out the ban.

With the help of the cutter’s small boat, the crew of the Kathleen Moore banned the 25-foot vessel that was carrying two men and 10 bales of suspected contraband, which tested positive for cocaine, on board. (Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard)

With the help of the cutter’s small boat, the crew of the Kathleen Moore banned the 25-foot vessel that was carrying two men and 10 bales of suspected contraband, which tested positive for cocaine, on board.

“The crew did a great job working with interagency partners and the Coast Guard to keep this drug trade from making landfall,” said Lt. Andrew R. Collins, Cutter Commanding Officer Kathleen Moore.

“We are happy to help keep these drugs off the streets, and we will continue to work diligently with other Coast Guard units and our interagency partners to end these attempts to smuggle drugs on the high seas.”

The drugs and detainees seized were transferred to Coast Guard Heriberto Hernandez, then Coast Guard Reef Shark for transport to Puerto Rico, where federal law enforcement officers from the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force were placed. in custody.

Cutters Kathleen Moore and Heriberto Hernandez are 154-foot fast-response cutters respectively homeported in Key West, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Cutter Reef Shark is an 87 foot coastal patrol boat based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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