God bless the Coast Guard!
They often fly under the radar at AMN but it’s actions like this that are truly noteworthy. Protecting us from drug dealers and dangerous kingpins looking to harm Americans.
Semper Nostra Optima indeed!
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard and U.S. law enforcement partners seized 2,546 pounds of cocaine, a go-fast vessel and detained three suspected smugglers, during an at-sea interdiction Friday in the Caribbean Sea south of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $34 million dollars and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force is leading a criminal investigation into the case.
The interdiction was a result of a multi-agency law enforcement effort in support of the Coast Guard’s Operation Unified Resolve, the Caribbean Border Interagency Group’s (CBIG) Operation Caribbean Guard, and the U.S. Department of Justice Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).
“Interdicting drug smugglers at sea in the middle of the night is a complex and dangerous operation only possible through the resolve of federal and regional law enforcement authorities committed to safeguarding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from the threats that come from the sea,” said Capt. Drew W. Pearson, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan. “We will continue our aggressive patrol efforts with our interagency partners to interdict these major drug shipments as far from shore as possible and bring those responsible to justice.”