U.S. Coast Guard

CBP, Coast Guard Seize 9 Tons of Cocaine in Three Incidents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection aircrews teamed up with the Coast Guard to seize nearly nine tons of cocaine in three separate incidents in July and August. The 17,620-pound seizures had an estimated street value of more than $333 million, officials stated.

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Cartel Smugglers Toss Infants, Children into Texas Border River

Border Patrol agents and Coast Guard crews rescued migrants across the Rio Grande Valley Sector after human smugglers put them in jeopardy. In multiple incidents, smugglers moved women, children, and even infants into the river that separates Texas and Mexico. One woman was saved after an alleged sexual assault attempt.

A Coast Guard riverine crew rescues a group of migrants from a sinking raft on the Rio Grande. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

2.76 Tons of Cocaine Seized from Sub near Puerto Rico

CBP Air and Marine Operations agents assisted in the interdiction and seizure of more than one ton of cocaine from a semi-submersible vessel near Puerto Rico. The seizure led to the arrest and indictment of three people for a variety of drug trafficking and maritime law violations.

CBP AMO and U.S. Coast Guard interdict a semi-submersible vessel loaded with 2,500 pounds of cocaine. (Photo: CBP Air and Marine Operations)

U.S. Joint Caribbean Operations Capture 3700 Pounds of Cocaine

CBP Air and Marine Operations teamed up with other federal departments and a foreign government to seize more than 3,700 pounds of cocaine during a 10-day period. The joint air and sea operation in the eastern Caribbean Sea resulted in the arrest of 19 suspected drug smugglers.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations DHC-8 interdicts a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the eastern Caribbean Sea. (File Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Operations)

Feds Recover 14 Migrants, 82 Pounds of Meth from Capsized Smuggling Boat

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircrew teamed up with a Coast Guard vessel to rescue 14 people from a capsized human smuggling boat. During the interdiction, officials found three packages containing 82 pounds of methamphetamine in the water off the coast of San Diego, California.

Coast Guardsmen and a CBP AMO aircrew team up to rescue 14 migrants and seize 82 pounds of methamphetamine. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Feds Shoot Human Smuggler’s Boat Engine off California Coast

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) interceptor boat crew shot out the engine of a human smuggler’s boat off the coast of California on Friday. A second smuggler’s boat managed to make it to shore and off-loaded its passengers. Border Patrol agents apprehended the migrants from the beached craft.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents seize a 35-foot panga off the coast of California with 18 Mexican illegal aliens onboard. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Operations)

Migrant Dies in Maritime Human Smuggling Incident

An attempted human smuggling incident ended with the death of one migrant, another hospitalized in grave condition, and an alleged smuggler in jail. The incident happened in rough seas off the southern California coast.

Capsized human smuggling vessel. One migrant died during this incident and another is in grave condition. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/San Diego Sector)