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CBP-AMO P-3 Orion crew and SOUTHCOM seized 4.7 tons of cocaine

WASHINGTON D.C. — CBP-AMO (Air and Marine Operations) National Air Security Operations Center P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crews and United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) partners conducted counter-narcotics operations and seized 4.7 tons (9,475 pounds) of cocaine in transit zones between October 1 and November 30, 2021. The coordinated effort between AMO, the federal government, and Leer másCBP-AMO P-3 Orion crew and SOUTHCOM seized 4.7 tons of cocaine[…]

The largest drug interdiction of USCGC Hamilton history

MIAMI— The largest drug interdiction in USCGC Hamilton history with 26,250 pounds in cocaine and 3,700 pounds in marijuana worth approximately​ 504 million dollar were downloaded yesterday, Monday, at Port Everglades. The Coast Guard’s strong international relationships, with key partners like Canada along with our specialized capabilities and unmatched authorities, allow for a unity of Leer másThe largest drug interdiction of USCGC Hamilton history[…]

USS Sioux City seized 49 million cocaine in the Caribbean

The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) with embarked USCG Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 102 seized over $49 million in suspected cocaine, Oct. 11-12, 2021. On Oct. 11, a suspected drug smuggling go-fast vessel (GFV) was spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and Sioux City was vectored in for an intercept. Leer másUSS Sioux City seized 49 million cocaine in the Caribbean[…]

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HITRON History Series: Coast Guard PA1 JD Lawrence (Ret)

In this documentary series the Coast Guard spoke with JD Lawrence, Aviation Maintenance Technician Petty Officer 1st Class, USCG HITRON (Ret). JD Lawrence retired with over 26 years of military service and was one of the original ten members to stand up Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON). He was one of the first two gunners Leer másHITRON History Series: Coast Guard PA1 JD Lawrence (Ret)[…]

Coast Guard HITRON history series: Captain Tony Tangeman (Retired)

In this HITRON history series, the USCG spoke with Tony Tangeman (retired Captain). He was the chief of law enforcement for the Coast Guard and the project manager for the proof of concept team that determined the use helicopters to stop the fast vessels dedicated to narcotics smuggling. This project led to the formation of Leer másCoast Guard HITRON history series: Captain Tony Tangeman (Retired)[…]

Coast Guard seizes 7.5 dollar million in cocaine, Caribbean Sea

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard seized 250 kilograms of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea, with an estimated wholesale value of 7.5 million dollar. The USCGC Reef Shark transferred custody of two smugglers and offloaded the drug at Coast Guard Base San Juan Saturday, following USCGC Kathleen Moore’s interdiction of a go-fast smuggling Leer másCoast Guard seizes 7.5 dollar million in cocaine, Caribbean Sea[…]

HITRON History Series: Kevin Gavin, Capt. USCG (Ret)

In this documentary series, the USCG spoke with Captain Kevin Gavin (Retired) from HITRON (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron). Gavin was the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Commanding Officer from 2014-17. He was also stationed at HITRON as a line pilot from 2000-03 when the unit was just getting started. Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron operations started as Leer másHITRON History Series: Kevin Gavin, Capt. USCG (Ret)[…]

CBP P-3 Orion crews (AMO) and partners seize nearly 9 tons of cocaine

WASHINGTON D.C. — CBP (Customs and Border Protection) AMO (Air and Marine Operations) National Air Security Operations Center, P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker and Airborne Early Warning crews and United States Southern Command partners conducted three counter-narcotics operations in July and August that disrupted 17,620 pounds of cocaine, denying transnational criminal organizations operating in drug source Leer másCBP P-3 Orion crews (AMO) and partners seize nearly 9 tons of cocaine[…]

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