itCG-cocaine seized, force-multipliers and interagency exercises

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  • Venezuelan and Coast Guard officials worked together to board a vessel in the Caribbean Sea and seize a ton of cocaine yesterday.
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  • Anne Arundel County became the first county in Maryland to officially partner with the Coast Guard. The agreement enables the small but valuable Marine Police Force to enforce federal laws while working with the Coast Guard. The partnership also works as a force-multiplier for the Coast Guard.
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  • Five boaters in distress; one is unconscious in the water, one is dead and two others are badly burned. No, it’s not real but it helps to prepare first responders for the real thing. It was the setting for a drill yesterday as the Coast Guard, South Padre Island Beach Patrol and Fire Department exercised their interagency response to a maritime emergency.
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  • Another, multinational exercise is set to start next week as vessels and crews from Japan, Russian, China, Canada and U.S. Coast Guard arrive in Port Angeles on Sunday. The humanitarian training exercise called Pacific Unity is just one part of the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum. Tune in to the Compass and @cgcompass on Twitter for more as the Forum takes place.
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