Coast Guard seizes $80 million in cocaine

HS1 Berman offloads bales.

HS1 Larry Berman, a crewmember of CGC Tahoma, stacks bales of cocaine on the pier at Base Support Unit Miami. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Nick Ameen.

The CGC Forward and CGC Tahoma crews are making headlines again!

After a valiant response immediately following the devastating earthquake earlier this year in Haiti, the crews continue to demonstrate their dedication to duty.

On August 3, CGC Forward interdicted and seized 88 bales of cocaine, with a market value of $80 million.  The contraband was discovered earlier this month after the crew located a suspicious Honduran-flagged fishing vessel about 27 miles off Honduras while on a routine law-enforcement patrol in the Caribbean Sea. A CGC Forward law enforcement team boarded the vessel, located and seized 88 bales of cocaine, and detained five suspects aboard the vessel.

The five suspects and seized contraband were transferred to CGC Tahoma who offloaded the drugs in Miami, yesterday.

“The officers and crew of the Forward responded in fine fashion when presented with the suspicious circumstances surrounding the fishing vessel. Their attentiveness and ingenuity were critical in developing the probable cause necessary to ultimately seize the vessel,” said CDR Mike Stewart, Commanding Officer of CGC Forward. “It was a great effort by our teammates on the Tahoma who supported the case disposition.”

Bravo Zulu to the crews of CGC Forward and CGC Tahoma!

CGC Forward crew after the drug seizure

The crew of CGC Forward assembles around 88 bales of cocaine seized off the coast of Honduras. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

ICE and CBP with Tahoma crewmembers

Security detail from CGC Tahoma and agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection stand behind the cocaine seizure. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Nick Ameen.

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18 Responses

  1. Jessica says:

    Great job Guardians!!

  2. Emily Williams says:

    My son is on the Forward, we are so proud of him and his crew!, and his sister ship Tahoma

  3. Dennis Allard says:

    My son is on the USCG Cutter Forward. His Mother and I are very proud of him, his crew mates along with the crew of the USCG Cutter Tahoma.

    May God Bless and keep safe the Forward and Tahoma in their travels.

    …SEMPER PARATUS!

  4. LCDR Sanders says:

    Way to go Guardians. I know we sometimes say underway is the only way; let’s say that situations like this make it one of the most rewarding ways!!! BZ and Stay Safe!!!

  5. ME 2 C A Sowell says:

    Great job Forward! You make us all very proud!

  6. Michael Irons says:

    Real proud of my son and the rest of the USCGC FORWARD and sister ship USCGC TAHOMA job well done safe trip home.

  7. RUTH says:

    Thank you Coast Guards!!!!! You sure are a model for many to look up to. We are PROUD of what you have done, what you are doing and we pray that you be safe and successful in all your missions. Keep that BAD STUFF OUT of our country.

  8. Lee says:

    Way to go! Keep up the great work and stuff out of our soil.

  9. Paul P. says:

    Bravo Zulu Guardians Keep Up the Fine Job!!

  10. Janet and Larry Mebust says:

    Ho-ah Commander Mike and team!

    Bless you all!

  11. Dean de Haast says:

    Well done USCG. excelent work:)

  12. G. Esposito says:

    Great Job Guys! Go Guard!!!!

  13. S.carrico says:

    My brother used to be on the uscg cutter Tornado and now is based in miami i am so proud of him and every single person in the coast guard it is the best brach of the military you could ever go in very rewarding job (:

  14. ralph and sharon berry says:

    great job commander mike and crew. keep up the great work. try to be safe. auntie and uncle

  15. bryan denney says:

    yeahhhhh ill be there soon

  16. edgar says:

    my uncle is on the uscg

  17. Franz & Becky Kitenko says:

    To the Forward & Tahoma, THANK YOU Command & crew for your enduring excellence in leadership and service! Praying for God’s wisdom and protection over you always. (See you son!)

  18. Eric says:

    seeing that makes me want to join