UK, Coast Guard Team Interdict Drugs in Caribbean as Part of Operation Martillo
By Dialogo September 18, 2013
The United Kingdom Royal Fleet Auxiliary Naval Support Ship RFA Wave Knight and an onboard U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment interdicted a fishing vessel carrying a shipment of drugs in the Caribbean on September 9.
The interdiction led to the detention of seven suspects and the seizure of 55 bales of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $5.5 million.
As part of Operation Martillo, the Wave Knight was patrolling in the Central Caribbean to detect and interdict illicit traffickers. When the ship approached and hailed the suspect fishing vessel, the crew was seen jettisoning several packages overboard.
Wave Knight launched a boat with the Coast Guard Law Enforcement team to investigate and recover the jettisoned bales. The Coast Guard team then boarded the vessel and apprehended the suspects. The fishing vessel was later turned over to Jamaican officials.