Drug offload

Crew recognized for ‘treasure’ hunt

While bad guys don’t take a break for the holidays, the good guys don’t either. And remembering to thank the good guys is the best gift ever. Just before the holidays, two recognition events marked a law enforcement milestone for the Coast Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Air Station Sacramento

A herculean effort

The HC-130 Hercules aircraft is a mainstay of the United States Coast Guard air fleet. The service’s history with the airplane dates back to 1958, and the “Herc” continues to prove itself time and again. Operated by a crew of seven, the Hercules can airdrop life rafts, deliver critical supplies or survey a coastline after a natural disaster. But for the 190 members stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, the Hercules does more than just proves itself – it sets the bar for excellence.


Drug sub

Rising threat of drug subs in the Caribbean

Since 1890, anti-narcotic laws and smuggling threats have changed drastically, with transnational crime organizations using varying tactics and techniques including go-fast vessels and semisubmersible vessels to smuggle drugs into the United States.


5 drug busts

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

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 […]


On guard for America: Coast Guard Cutter Diligence

Written by Cmdr. D. Goodwin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. If you live on our nation’s coasts, it is likely you have seen a Coast Guard helicopter soaring overhead on a training flight. Or maybe you’ve even seen […]


Spotting drug subs from the sky

Coast Guard crews have been hard at work disrupting a rising threat as drug smugglers use increasingly sophisticated and evolving methods to evade authorities in the Caribbean. First, there was the $180 million cocaine seizure by Coast Guard Cutter Seneca. […]


Another drug sub busted

It’s been months since Compass last brought you a story of a drug sub bust – but the wait is over! Last month a team of Coast Guard crews and the Honduran navy interdicted a a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible […]


1,300 pounds of marijuana, 1 ton of cocaine, 10 migrants & 15 suspects

Co-authored by Lt. Kevin Connell, Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau. What have you been up to so far this year? Ask this question to any crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau and they just might tell you about their interdiction of […]


What a mess…

After nearly 45 years of service to the nation, Coast Guard Cutter Dallas is being decommissioned. From performing naval gunfire support missions off Vietnam to being the command ship during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, Dallas has truly seen it all. […]


Midnight marijuana smuggling attempt halted

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall, 11th Coast Guard District public affairs. The waters surrounding Catalina Island are mostly calm and uneventful late at night. You may see only the occasional breaching of a dolphin or the […]


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