dinsdag 28 februari 2017

Amerikaanse Kustwacht onderschept 4.2 ton cocaïne voor kust Paramaribo

Drugs aan boord op St. Vincent geregistreerde vissersboot Lady Michelle


Vier Guyanese opvarenden gearresteerd


De Amerikaanse Kustwacht heeft in internationale wateren, in de Atlantische Oceaan, voor de kust van Paramaribo vier Guyanezen gearresteerd die verdacht worden van de smokkel van meer dan vier ton cocaïne ter waarde van 125 miljoen Amerikaanse dollar. Dit berichten onder andere NBC Miami 6 News en workboat.com vandaag, dinsdag 28 februari 2017.
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De operatie, die op 16 februari plaatsvond, werd gisteren onthuld toen de balen cocaïne, 4.2 ton, werden gelost in de Kustwacht Sector San Juan op Puerto Rico, twee dagen nadat de opgepakte Guyanezen waren overhandigd aan de justitiële autoriteiten op St. Croix, de Amerikaanse Virgin Islands. De smokkelaars staat vervolging te wachten door het Amerikaanse Openbaar Ministerie voor de Virgin Islands.



Volgens de Kustwacht ontdekte de te San Juan als thuisbasis hebbende zogenoemde Sentinel-klasse fast response cutter Joseph Napier de vissersboot Lady Michelle ten noorden van Paramaribo, in internationale wateren. Het Kustwacht 'boarding team' nam de vier opvarenden in hechtenis en vond vier balen waarin cocaïne bleek te zitten.

Een Trinidad & Tobago 'Standard Patrol'-klasse Kustwacht cutter gestationeerd te Staubles Bay op Trinidad, was op een gezamenlijke patrouille met de Napier en zorgde voor veiligheid en escorte assistentie ter plaatse.

De Napier nam de Lady Michelle op sleeptouw totdat de sleep werd overgenomen door de Vigilant, een cutter gestationeerd te Port Canaveral, Florida. De Vigilant heeft de vissersboot naar het eiland St. Vincent gesleept waar ze staat geregistreerd. Daar werd de boot overgedragen aan de Kustwacht van St. Vincent.

De operatie is het laatste resultaat van internationale samenwerking onder leiding van het Amerkaanse Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) kantoor te St. Croix met steun van het DEA-kantoor op Barbados en de Caribbean Corridor Strike Force en het British National Crime Agency (NCA).

'Vanwege een toenemende stroom van cocaïne uit Zuid-Amerika moeten justitiële autoriteiten in de oostelijke Caribische regio hun inspanningen opvoeren op effectieve op die dreiging te kunnen reageren', zegt James Doby, DEA assistent speciaal agent die leiding geeft aan de Caribische afdeling van de organisatie.

De berichten vermelden niet of bekend wat de herkomst is van de cocaïne.

(Red. De Surinaamse Krant/NBC Miami 6 News/workboat.com)

(Bron: Red. De Surinaamse Krant/Google Earth)


Het officiële persbericht van de Amerikaanse Kustwacht:



Coast Guard offloads in Puerto Rico over $125 million dollars worth of seized cocaine interdicted in the Atlantic Ocean


News Release
February 27, 2017U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin IslandsContact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA OfficeOffice: (787) 729-2381After Hours: (787) 510-7923
Coast Guard offloads in Puerto Rico over $125 million dollars worth of seized cocaine interdicted in the Atlantic Ocean
The Coast Guard offloaded Feb. 27, 2017 approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier seized the contraband and apprehended four Guyanese smugglers following the interdiction of the 70-foot fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname Feb. 16, 2017.

The Coast Guard offloaded Feb. 27, 2017 approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier seized the contraband and apprehended four Guyanese smugglers following the interdiction of the 70-foot fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname Feb. 16, 2017. (DEA courtesy photo)

The Coast Guard offloaded Feb. 27, 2017 approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier seized the contraband and apprehended four Guyanese smugglers following the interdiction of the 70-foot fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname Feb. 16, 2017. (DEA Courtesy photo)
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —The Coast Guard offloaded Monday approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan.
Four Guyanese men apprehended in this case were transferred Saturday to federal law enforcement authorities in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where they face potential prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office - District of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This interdiction is the largest maritime seizure in the Atlantic since 1999 and was the result of ongoing, multi-agency and international law enforcement efforts led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Saint Croix and assisted by DEA Barbados Office and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force in support of Operation Unified Resolve, Operation Caribbean Guard, and international cooperation, including the British National Crime Agency (NCA).
During night of Feb. 16, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier detected and interdicted a suspicious fishing vessel in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname, in the Atlantic Ocean.
The Joseph Napier crew interdicted the 70-foot fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, detained the four suspected smugglers and seized numerous bales of contraband, which tested positive for cocaine.  Following the interdiction, a Trinidad and Tobago SPA class Coast Guard cutter based out of Staubles Bay, Trinidad, which was on a joint patrol with the Joseph Napier, provided safety and escort assistance on scene.
The crew of the Joseph Napier seized the contraband, apprehended the detainees, and towed the fishing vessel until relieved by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant. Vigilant then towed the fishing vessel to the island of St. Vincent, where the Lady Michelle is registered, and transferred the seized vessel to the custody of the St. Vincent Coast Guard.
The contraband was transported to Puerto Rico, where it was disembarked and placed in the custody of DEA, Caribbean Division special agents for processing and disposition.
"The excellent coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard, and international law enforcement agencies prevented this major drug shipment from reaching our communities," said Capt. Robert W. Warren, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander.  "We appreciate our continued partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and St. Vincent Coast Guard. Our collective efforts are working to secure our region’s maritime borders and protect our citizens from this threat."
“As the cocaine flow from South America continues to increase, law enforcement partners in the Eastern Caribbean Region have to increase our collaborative efforts in order to effectively respond to the threat,” said James Doby, Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) DEA Caribbean Division. “Such collaborative efforts are currently underway in the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, where law enforcement partners are collocated every day.”
The Coast Guard’s efforts under Operation Unified Resolve contribute to the interagency results being achieved locally each and every day under Operation Caribbean Guard, which coordinates efforts between the Coast Guard, DHS and the Commonwealth and Territorial law enforcement partners, who are working diligently to deter, detect and disrupt illicit maritime trafficking to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter homeported in San Juan. The Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant is a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida.

-USCG-

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