Tag: United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Coast Guard Seizes $5.2 Million In Cocaine As Part Of Caribbean Corridor Strike Force

SAN JUAN — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos offloaded 551 pounds (250 kgs) of seized cocaine Tuesday in Puerto Rico. Three men, one Venezuelan and two Dominican Republic nationals, apprehended in this case are facing federal prosecution in Puerto Rico. The interdiction is the result of multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean […]

Search For Missing Indigent Cost Taxpayers $1.2 Million; He Was Working Through ‘Gender Issues’ In Garcia Park

SAN JUAN — The saga of a missing indigent in Puerto Rico has tempers flaring now that it is learned that he was having “gender issues” and that his disappearance was an elaborately-staged hoax he coordinated with his mother.  The intense search by air, sea and land carried out by federal and state authorities for […]

Coast Guard Crews Rescue 3 U.S. Mariners From Distressed Sailing Vessel In Atlantic Ocean

SAN JUAN — Coast Guard crews rescued three mariners, U.S. citizens, and completed a three-day tow of the distressed sailing vessel Valour to Puerto Rico Sunday, after the vessel started taking on water in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 300 nautical miles north of Puerto Rico. The 45-foot vessel Valour was being delivered from Tortola, British […]

3 More Crew Members of La Gran Tormenta Plead Guilty To Cocaine Smuggling

CHRISTIANSTED — Three more members of a Venezuelan fishing boat — including the vessel’s captain — have pleaded guilty to their roles in smuggling 124 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix. Vincent Mata Anyelo, 23, Alfer Rodriguez Boadas, 24, and Jhonny Rodriguez Rodriguez, 29, three of eleven Venezuelan nationals apprehended at sea off the coast […]

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Man Just Off ‘La Poza del Obispo’ Beach in Arecibo

SAN JUAN — Coast Guard air and surface units continue search efforts Wednesday for a 23-year-old man in the waters just off “La Poza del Obispo” in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Missing is Harold Carrion Butter, from Arecibo, who was last seen at approximately 9 p.m. Tuesday standing on the rocks just off the water. He was […]

Coast Guard Takes 11 Dominicans Back To Hispaniola After Illegal Voyage To PR

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Doyle repatriated 11 male nationals to the Dominican Republic Sunday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage in Mona Passage waters near Puerto Rico.  One other Dominican man interdicted in the group remains in Puerto Rico to face federal prosecution on charges of attempted illegal re-entry into […]

Crew Member of La Gran Tormenta Faces 10 Years In Prison For Cocaine Smuggling

CHRISTIANSTED — A sixth member of the 11-member La Gran Tormenta Venezuelan fishing boat has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling 124 pounds of cocaine to St. Croix. Alexis Fuentes, 33, who was apprehended at sea off the coast of St. Croix, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III to conspiracy […]

Coast Guard Takes 56 Dominicans Back Home After Illegal Voyage

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard returned 56 nationals to the Dominican Republic Saturday, following the interdiction of an illegal voyage in Mona Passage waters near Puerto Rico. The interdiction is the result of ongoing local and federal multi-agency efforts in support of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group CBIG. “This case was a very close call” […]

Venezuelan Fishing Boat Crew Member Pleads Guilty To Drug Smuggling

CHRISTIANSTED — Another crew member of a Venezuelan-flagged fishing vessel has pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges in federal court, authorities said. Carlos Rodriguez Garcia, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson, III to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine while on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of […]

Coast Guard Gets A New Commander For Puerto Rico-USVI Area

SAN JUAN — U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan got a new commander on Thursday, according to a Coast Guard statement. Capt. José E. Díaz will be responsible for Coast Guard forces in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and overseeing the unit’s 1.3 million-square-nautical-miles area of responsibility in the Eastern Caribbean. Rear Adm. […]