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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