In separate operations, Coast Guard crews recently interdicted boats attempting to smuggle 5,000 pounds of marijuana and $18 million in cocaine.
On Monday, crews interdicted a panga boat with 201 bales of marijuana and two suspected smugglers aboard approximately 140 miles southwest of San Diego.
After a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento-based HC-130 Hercules patrol aircraft detected the 30-foot boat around 3:40 p.m., the Coast Guard Cutter Active launched an interceptor boat to investigate.
A brief chase ended after the Active’s boat crew used disabling gunfire on the vessel’s engines. The panga, suspects and contraband were transferred to the 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Sea Otter crew and taken to San Diego.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard cutter Nantucket, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., offloaded more than $18 million in cocaine Wednesday at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg.
On Nov. 20, the Coast Guard cutter Gallatin deployed their Dolphin helicopter crew who detected a 25-foot vessel north of Punta de Mosquito, Panama, in international waters. The crew arrived on scene and observed the people aboard the vessel jettisoning packages of suspected contraband overboard.
The helicopter crew issued warning shots with employed disabling fire forcing the vessel to stop and the cutter to recover the 14 bales of contraband.
The second seizure occurred on Nov. 25, when Gallatin’s deployed helicopter crew detected a 30-foot fishing vessel northwest of Columbia in international waters.