The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell was recently recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s U.S. Interdiction Coordinator for a drug bust and publishing of a comprehensive guide for strategic, tactical planning and execution of the counter-drug mission.
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Today the Coast Guard and its interagency partners marked an important milestone in our Nation’s fight against dangerous transnational organized crime. In just six months, Coast Guardsmen have already interdicted more drugs in the Eastern Pacific than they did in all of fiscal year 2014.
Fourteen tons of cocaine seized or disrupted with an estimated wholesale value of $423 million and 55 suspects were apprehended during 18 separate interdictions off the coast of Central and South America. These numbers aren’t a total year’s tally, which would still be impressive – this is just one 90-day patrol for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell.
U.S. military, law enforcement agencies and regional partner-nation law enforcement agencies patrol the waters in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Pacific on a year-round basis in an effort to detect, monitor and interdict illicit traffickers.
“Our crew used their unique capabilities and authorities as a military service, law enforcement agency, and member of the U.S. intelligence community to disrupt transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific and keep drugs from making it to the U.S.,” said Capt. Edward A. Westfall, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell. “These illegal drug networks are dangerous breeding grounds for all types of trafficking and their immense profits fuel violence and instability.”
“In every way [Chief Warrant Officer John Rice] epitomizes what we look for in our leaders and is the gold standard for commitment, professionalism, leadership and character,” said Cmdr. Tony Russell, Boutwell’s former executive officer. “Notable as his tangible impacts were, one cannot truly appreciate the magnitude of his contributions without seeing the way he cares for, nurtures, trains and challenges this crew – in his division and beyond.”
Chief Petty Officer Dennis Amerson, fire chief at the Coast Guard Fire Department at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, talks to the fire team on the radio during a drill at the yard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg. Written by Lt. j.g. Stephen Henderson, Yard Facilities management department.
Coast Guard Pacific Area is responsible for 74 million square miles of ocean, ranging from South America, north to the Arctic Circle and west to the Far East. With such an expansive area, crews must remain ever-vigilant for the full gamut of Coast Guard missions.
The fishing vessel El Soberano, carrying illegal drugs, was interdicted by Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, Nov. 23. Boutwell’s boarding team conducted a search of the boat and discovered 40 bales of cocaine totaling more than 2,000 pounds of drugs. U.S. Coast Guard photo. A month ago today Compass brought you the story of Coast Guard
In 1980, the U.S. Coast Guard, assisted by the U.S. Air Force and the Canadian armed forces, rescued more than 500 passengers and crew from the cruise ship Prinsendam in the Gulf of Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Co-authored by Ademide Adedokun. Thirty-one years ago today, the Coast Guard led one of the nation’s largest