The US Coast Guard transferred custody of 491.5 kilograms of cocaine and 9.2 kilograms of suspected heroin, worth an estimated value of $13.3 million, at USCG Sector San Juan, Tuesday, following a recent interagency interdiction by Caribbean Border Interagency Group partner agencies in the Caribbean Sea, off Puerto Rico.
The US Coast Guard interdicted two suspected smugglers and seized 1,446 pounds of marijuana west of Oceanside, on Sunday 15 of April. The USCG discovered multiple packages which later were found positive for marijuana. The two crewmembers of the vessel were placed into custody. Both suspects were then transferred to Homeland Security Investigations Marine Task Force.
USCG offloaded about 36,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday, which was seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents 17 interdictions of suspected smuggling vessels off the coasts of Central and South America by five USCG cutters, between early February and early March.
HMAS Warramunga’s MH 60 Romeo helicopter was conducting routine aerial surveillance in the Arabian Sea when it detected a vessel of interest. HMAS Warramunga approached the dhow in international waters and upon investigation CTF 150 authorised a non-destructive search of the dhow. During that search, the boarding team located 132 kgs of heroin.
The Colombian Navy informed that it managed to prevent the transport of drugs which were found onboard a merchant ship, sailing in the Caribbean, in which unauthorized persons and drugs were detected. The authorities discovered 185 kilos of cocaine. After that the intruders were detained.
OEF Research cites five ways in which criminal networks exploit inadequate governance at sea. By drugs trafficking, robbing countries of their offshore oil, controlling smuggling routes, launching assaults & exploiting archipelagos, they manage to undermine political stability around the world.
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In the last four years the traffic of heroin destined to Europe and North Africa has shifted dramatically from the northern routes to the southern maritime routes
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active seized an estimated 2,300 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $37 million, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean some 140 miles off the coast of Panama late last month
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