Monday, May 07, 2012
The United States Coast Guard says it has been ?hard at work? disrupting a ?rising threat? as drug smugglers use ?increasingly sophisticated and evolving methods? to evade authorities in the Caribbean Sea.
"First, there was the US$180 million cocaine seizure by Coast Guard Cutter Seneca. Then there was Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk and their 24-hour pursuit followed by a double bust resulting in a total cocaine seizure of seven tons,? the Coast Guard said in a statement, adding that ?while these cases involved different crews and different circumstances, they all had one thing in common ? drug subs?.
The Coast Guard also stated that support from the aircrew plays an important role in intercepting drug smugglers. It said this aircrew was responsible for the first interdiction of a self-propelled, semi-submersible by an HC-144 in the Western Caribbean Sea, on the first day downrange on their first deployment with Joint Interagency Task Force South based.