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Protecting America: Coast Guard counter-drug aircrews record 500th drug bust

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) marked its 500th drug interdiction when a deployed crew stopped a drug-laden go-fast vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2017.

Coast Guard, Western Hemisphere partners seize $423M in cocaine during multiple drug busts

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stands at attention among pallets of seized cocaine during an award ceremony aboard the Boutwell at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 6, 2014. The Boutwell returned from a 90-day counter drug patrol in which they made six drug interdictions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell.

“Our crew used their unique capabilities and authorities as a military service, law enforcement agency, and member of the U.S. intelligence community to disrupt transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific and keep drugs from making it to the U.S.,” said Capt. Edward A. Westfall, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell. “These illegal drug networks are dangerous breeding grounds for all types of trafficking and their immense profits fuel violence and instability.”

$24 million drug bust

Monday, June 24, 2013

Seized cocaine

What happens when the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Royal Netherlands Navy work together? A $24 million drug bust. The multi-agency seizure of 1,517 pounds of cocaine – estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $24 million – all began with a suspicious go-fast vessel.

Drug bust is a Yard touchdown

Monday, February 4, 2013

Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo

The yard boasts of some of the best workers and management in the maritime industry. At the yard, dedicated coaches are behind the shipyard team. The production manager, the “head coach,” and four general foremen, the “assistant coaches,” provide workers with essential leadership and support needed to be successful. Each coach works in a specialized sector and brings his own game plan to the table to help create a winning organization. With its talented roster, the yard has a long heritage of wins to keep the Coast Guard fleet operating and accomplish vital missions.

5 drug busts + 2 months = $135 million of cocaine

Thursday, May 31, 2012

5 drug busts

What happened when a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and medium endurance cutter teamed up with a U.S. Navy frigate and Customs and Border Protection? A total of 168 bales of cocaine, worth more than $135 million, never made it […]

Closing out 2011 with a drug bust

Monday, January 2, 2012

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations Group. On the night of Dec. 2, 2011, two black over the horizon boats pulled away from the large gray shadow of the USS Oak Hill, underway near the coast […]

Double drug bust for Diligence

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Coast Guard has been America’s first line of defense against threats delivered by and from the high seas for decades. While on patrol last month in the Caribbean the men and women aboard Coast Guard Cutter Diligence proved to […]

1st major drug bust for new Coast Guard boat

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Response boat medium

Ricardo Castrodad, Coast Guard Sector San Juan public affairs, contributed to this post As the Coast Guard continues its recapitalization efforts, one of the service’s newest platforms is making its mark as a highly capable, multi-mission asset. The 45-foot Response […]

itCG – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Guardians rescued three men from their sinking fishing vessel approximately 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. A helicopter out of Air Station Clearwater, Fla. responding to the vessel’s EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) spotted the handheld flare […]

itCG – drug bust, mishap drill, tactical boat training, Coast Guard Lady

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Earlier this week, Guardians intercepted four speedboats carrying more than 260 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Mexico. The bust highlights both the importance of drug interdiction missions off Latin America but also the cooperation between the Coast Guard […]

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