U.S. Coast Guard interdicts cocaine in Caribbean

U.S. Coast Guard interdicts cocaine in Caribbean

By Dialogo
May 02, 2013

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded 2,200 pounds of cocaine at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., on April 26. The cocaine was seized during Operation Martillo.

While conducting a law enforcement patrol April 18, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin located a 68-foot fishing vessel in the western Caribbean Sea. The crew of the Cutter Gallatin boarded the vessel, located 2,200 pounds of cocaine, and detained three suspected smugglers.

The contraband, suspected smugglers and fishing vessel were later transferred to crewmembers aboard the cutter Bernard C. Webber. The three suspects and fishing vessel are scheduled to be transferred to FBI agents in Miami.

The seized contraband was transferred to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents. “Working with our interagency and international partners, we detained three suspected smugglers and prevented 2,200 pounds of cocaine with a value of $27 million from reaching our streets,” said Rear Adm. William D. Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander.