Tag: Joint Interagency Task Force – South

In the zone: ‘Another life saved’

Suspicions were raised when a fisherman in a panga in the Eastern Pacific Ocean approached Coast Guard Cutter Sherman. After having interdicted several illicit drug runners during the patrol, the mission altered when it was a revealed a fisherman was in need of medical services.

In the Zone: Coast Guard Counter Drug 101

The name “Coast Guard” can be a little deceiving. Many people don’t realize Coast Guardsmen are deployed around the world conducting a variety of military, law enforcement, regulatory and humanitarian missions. One of its most significant expeditionary missions is counter narcotics in the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, stopping drug smugglers in the “drug transit zones” of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin.

LEDETs leading the way in counter-drug operations

MSSTtrains on Coast Guard Island featured image

Petty Officer 2nd Class Blake Wagner (left) and Lt. j.g. Eric Watkins of Pacific Area Tactics and Law Enforcement Team stand ready for training taking place on Coast Guard Island, Aug. 16, 2011. An Air National Guard aircrew assisted the MSST 91104 unit and four members of PACTACLET train for an upcoming deployment to the

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On guard for America: Coast Guard Cutter Diligence

Coast Guard Cutters Vigilant and Diligence conduct an at sea relief in the Windward Passage during a homeland security patrol. The Winward Passage connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Cmdr. D. Goodwin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. If you live on our nation’s coasts, it

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Spotting drug subs from the sky

A sinking self-propelled, semi-submersible was interdicted in the Western Caribbean Sea March 30, 2012, by the crews of Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, Joint Interagency Task Force South and the Honduran Navy. The SPSS sank during the interdiction in thousands of feet of water. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Coast Guard crews

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Another drug sub busted

A sinking self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel was interdicted in the Western Caribbean Sea March 30, 2012, by the crews of Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island, Joint Interagency Task Force South and the Honduran Navy. The SPSS sank during the interdiction in thousands of feet of water. U.S. Coast Guard photo. It’s been

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CGC Sherman stops drug “sub”

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - Four crew members exit a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel prior to its sinking Sunday, April 3, 2011. The SPSS was carrying an estimated 5.8 metric tons of cocaine and crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, homeported in Alameda, Calif., interdicted it and took all four of its crew members into custody. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Four crew members exit a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel prior to its sinking. The suspected smugglers were taken into custody by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sherman. U.S. Coast Guard photo. For decades, the Coast Guard has been America’s first line of defense against drug trafficking on the high seas. Earlier this month, the crew

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