Seven Caribbean Drug Smugglers nabbed by US Coast Guard
Charges are being filed against seven people from the Caribbean who were taken into custody along with almost US$34 million in ganja and cocaine late last month.
Over the weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the 2,367 pounds of cocaine and 2,074 pounds of marijuana netted in two separate operations, and handed over the three Jamaicans, one Antiguan, and three Dominican Republic nationals who were apprehended in the drug smuggling attempts in the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement- Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The disruptions and seizures of these drug shipments were the result of ongoing multi-agency law enforcement efforts in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF) Initiative.
“The new Fast Response Cutters are delivering exceptional positive results by allowing us to effectively interdict drug smuggling vessels deeper into the Caribbean,” said Captain Robert Warren, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander.
“The strong cooperation and partnerships between our international, federal and local law enforcement partners in the Caribbean are vital to the region’s security, as our collective efforts seek to prevent these drug shipments from reaching our shores and bring those responsible to justice. It’s a team effort, and it’s making a difference.”
In the first case the crew of a maritime patrol aircraft detected a suspicious go-fast vessel with four people and possible contraband on board, approximately 44 nautical miles northeast of Blanquilla, Venezuela.
In the second case the crew of a US Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations maritime patrol aircraft detected three men aboard a 25-foot gofast vessel carrying a load of suspected contraband, approximately 93 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The total seized contraband was estimated to have a wholesale value of US$33.9 million.
Millions of dollars worth of drugs were seized in the operations.