Over $12 Million dollars worth of Cocaine Seized by Coast Guard Cutter ResolutePosted on March 2, 2014
In February 2014, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute intercepted two separate cocaine smuggling attempts.
The first seizure occurred on Friday, February 7, 2014, when a 40-foot go-fast vessel was detected by a maritime patrol aircraft just northeast of Panama. The U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment subsequently responded on a smallboat launched from the USS Halyburton. Upon approach, the crew of the go-fast vessel threw several packages overboard and fled toward Panamanian waters at a high rate of speed. The crew of the USS Halyburton successfully recovered a total of 3 bales of cocaine from the water.
The second seizure took place near the same location a week later on Friday, February 14, 2014. In this incident, a maritime patrol aircraft observed the crewmembers of a go-fast vessel tossing packages into the water. The Colombian Navy stopped the vessel and placed the crewmembers in custody. A total of 12 bales of cocaine were then recovered from the water by the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment.
All 15 bales of cocaine, valued at more than $12 million on the streets, were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute to be offloaded in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)