US Coast Guard seizes US$69 million in drugs, nabs suspected smugglers in Caribbean Sea

February 13, 2021

KEY WEST, Feb. 13, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says it has seized four drug vessels, detained five suspected drug smugglers and seized 4,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of about US$69 million, after a 59-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea.

“These interdictions reflect teamwork and the unwavering resolve between the Coast Guard, federal law enforcement, Department of Defense, and our international partners to protect the region against the scourge of transnational criminal organisations,” said Cmdr. James L. Jarnac, Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk commanding officer.

“The crew of Mohawk demonstrated remarkable enthusiasm and commitment during the execution of our missions over the last eight weeks, and it remains my pleasure to serve with and for them,” he added.

During the patrol, the US Coast Guard said the Mohawk’s crew worked with multiple interagency and international maritime patrol aircraft, and surface assets “to counter transnational criminal organisations and hinder the illicit flow of drugs, people, and other dangerous cargo into the United States.”

The US Coast Guard said this includes joint-operations with the Dominican Republic Navy and Panamanian law enforcement officers, “which further strengthened foreign partnerships and to detect, deter, and interdict vessels engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Panama.”

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