Pacific

USCG, Canada detect 68 potential fisheries violations in Pacific

The crew of US Coast Guard Cutter ‘Mellon’, including two Canadian fishery officers, returned to their homeport of Seattle Sunday after an 80-day patrol detecting and deterring illegal fishing activity in the Pacific Ocean. The boarding teams detected a total of 68 potential violations.

USCG seizes 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean

The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bear offloaded about 14,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $12.5 million wholesale and 3,660 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $50 million wholesale, on April 18 at Port Everglades seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Several US agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security take place in the effort to mitigate transnational organized crime.

USCG seized 34,780 pounds of cocaine in Eastern Pacific

The crew of the USCG Cutter ‘Forward’ offloaded approximately 34,780 pounds of cocaine, Tuesday in Port Everglades, worth an estimated $466 million wholesale seized during patrols in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The drugs were interdicted off the coasts of Mexico, and Central and South America.

Quad countries will focus on maritime security

On the 13th East Asia Summit at Singapore in mid-November, the Quad countries, namely India, US, Japan and Australia, are expected to revitalise the conversation concerning the maritime security and disaster relief initiatives as well as economic development projects in the critical Indo-Pacific region.

Australia to boost maritime security with new Pacific Fusion Centre

Australia revealed intentions to cooperate with regional partners for setting up a Pacific Fusion Centre, that will provide strategic analysis of information to help strengthen maritime domain awareness and provide security alerts and advice for Pacific security agencies.

Captain and four crew sentenced for cocaine smuggling on high seas

Five crew members were sentenced in a US court this week for smuggling 1,205 pounds of cocaine across the ocean in low-profile vessels, including a captain who received a 17-year term. The defendants were sentenced to spend between 84-210 months in prison. 

6 tons of cocaine seized in Eastern Pacific in less than two months

The USCG offloaded approximately 6 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades, worth an estimated $180 million, that it was seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The seizure represents six separate vessel interdictions off Central and South America and Mexico between late February and mid-April.

USCG seizes 36,000 lbs of cocaine in one month in East Pacific

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.

Maritime security in focus of US-ASEAN cooperation

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers’ meeting, held in Clark, Philippines, this week, focused on the importance of high-level discussions of strategic defense and security matters, including North Korea, terrorism and maritime security.

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