US Coast Guard, partner agencies interdict seven suspected drug-smuggling vessels in the Caribbean over 10 days

USCGC Reliance (Photo: US Coast Guard)

The US Coast Guard, the US Navy, US Customs and Border Protection, and the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard interdicted seven suspected drug-smuggling vessels over 10 days near the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Eastern Caribbean.

The collaboration between the federal agencies resulted in more than 1,600 kilograms of cocaine worth more than US$64 million and 19 suspected drug smugglers being apprehended. These individuals may now face criminal charges by prosecution partners in the US Department of Justice.

The vessels involved in the seizure operations included the US Coast Guard cutters Reliance (pictured), William Trump, Joseph Napier, Joseph Doyle, and Donald Horsley and the US Navy dock landing ship USS Comstock.

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