US Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant Interdicts Approximately 3,000 kilograms of Cocaine near Costa Rica

first_imgBy U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs June 24, 2020 The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) crew seized a total of 122 bales of cocaine, June 22, in back-to-back interdictions of go-fast vessels just off the coast of Limon, Costa Rica.The forward-deployed Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew aboard the Vigilant successfully disabled the first go-fast vessel and observed the crew throwing packages overboard.Once on scene, the boarding team discovered four people aboard and recovered 77 bales or approximately over 1,900 kilograms of cocaine from the water. Immediately following the first interdiction, the helicopter crew and a separate cutter boarding team were vectored to a 34-foot go-fast vessel with five people aboard.The helicopter crew successfully disabled the second go-fast vessel and also observed the crew throwing packages overboard. The Vigilant boarding team arrived on scene, apprehended five people and recovered 45 bales or approximately 1,179 kilograms of cocaine from the water.The cocaine recovered during both interdictions has an estimated wholesale value of approximately $118.3 million.“Every high-speed interdiction of drug-laden vessels presents unique challenges, so for us to simultaneously interdict two overpowered go-fast vessels in the middle of the night is extraordinary,” said U.S. Coast Guard Commander Fred Bertsch, commanding officer of the Vigilant. “I am very proud of our crew and could not have asked anything more from them. These efforts, combined with those of our partner agencies and nations, will help ensure stability in the Western Hemisphere.”On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counternarcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives. Numerous U.S. agencies from the departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime.The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.last_img read more

Shafer lists Davis as day-to-day, Morris II doubtful

first_imgDyshawn Davis is listed as day-to-day after spraining his right ankle against North Carolina State, SU head coach Scott Shafer said on his weekly teleconference on Tuesday.“We’re looking at day-by-day with Dyshawn,” Shafer said. “We want to take it one day at a time to see where he’s at. We’ll look at him Thursday and make our decision then.”Davis re-aggravated the ankle late in the first half against the Wolfpack and missed the remainder of the game. He was still wearing a boot on Monday for the injury Shafer said has been nagging him since training camp.Josh Kirkland, who filled in for Davis in the second half, will continue to see additional reps along with Marqez Hodge.“We know that Kirkland and Luke Arciniega are two kids that have played and done a good job being supporting cast, but I also look forward to seeing Hodge be that guy because I think he’s on the brink,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorge Morris II will likely be doubtful for Syracuse’s game at Georgia Tech on Saturday, Shafer said. The running back missed SU’s 24-10 win against N.C. State last Saturday with an upper-body injury as Prince-Tyson Gulley filled in for him on kick returns.“George will probably be doubtful this week,” Shafer said, “but he is getting better and we’re looking forward to his return.” Comments Published on October 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more