USCG Frogmen Rule! The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro are back in San Diego after running a series of 14 separate drug smuggling vessel interdictions as well as disruptions off the coasts of Mexico, Central as well as South America by three Coast Guard cutters between May as well as July 2019. WATCH:
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew members board a self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel (SPSS) June 18, 2019, while operating in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Purpose-build smuggling vessels like SPSSs are designed to hold large quantities of contraband while evading detection by law enforcement authorities.
As a result of their latest deployment the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro will offload more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine as well as 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized in international waters inside Eastern Pacific Ocean. Vice President Mike Pence is actually scheduled to deliver remarks today at 2:45pm EST -by San Diego- while thanking the crews.
USCG Vice President Pence; James W. Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Uttam Dhillon, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; as well as Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, are scheduled to visit Munro as well as give remarks.
Numerous U.S. agencies by the Departments of Defense, Justice as well as Homeland Security cooperated inside effort to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs as well as Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as Immigration as well as Customs Enforcement, along with allied as well as international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.
The fight against drug cartels inside Eastern Pacific requires unity of effort in all phases by detection, monitoring as well as interdictions, to criminal prosecutions by U.S. Attorneys in districts across the nation.
The Coast Guard increased U.S. as well as allied presence inside Eastern Pacific Ocean as well as Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off of Central as well as South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions, a suspect vessel is actually initially detected as well as monitored by allied, military or law enforcement personnel coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West, Florida.
The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations inside Eastern Pacific is actually conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda, California. The interdictions, including the actual boarding, are led as well as conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard. (Link)
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew members aboard the cutter’s 35-foot Long Range Interceptor little boat supervising the intentional sinking of suspected drug-smuggling boats May 17, 2019, following the seizure of cocaine by the boats during an at-sea interdiction while Munro’s crew patrolled international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Due to the distance by land, inadequate tow points as well as flooding inside engine rooms of the boats, the boats were sunk as a hazard to navigation. U.S. Coast Guard photo