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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The crew of a Boat Forces Detachment St. Thomas 33 Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement rescued a kayaker in distress west of Perseverance Bay Sunday evening, authorities said. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a call from a Saint Thomas 911 Emergency Service operator

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SAN JUAN — Authorities seized $6 million worth of cocaine and arrested three people on a “go-fast” smuggling boat while on a routine patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Officials said the suspicious boat was spotted Monday by a Navy helicopter crew from the USS Kidd working with the Coast Guard and

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SAN JUAN — The crew of a Boat Station San Juan rescued two men aboard a 44-foot disabled and adrift recreational vessel Sand Piper Wednesday, about a half nautical mile off the coast of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Rescued are Grenadian national Joseph Adrian, 36, and Bahamian national Christopher Knowles,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Coast Guard is currently assessing the territory’s ports, Government House said. The ports are tentatively scheduled to reopen at noon today and possibly earlier depending on the findings of the Coast Guard assessments. For more information call Monifa Marrero-Brathwaite, Public Information Officer for the Virgin

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– A Mexican national and an Ecuadorian national each pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle 3,384 pounds of cocaine into the region just minutes before their jury trial was scheduled to begin in St. Thomas, authorities said. Hector Hernandez Saucedo, of Mexico City and Calixto Tumbaco of Quito

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CHRISTIANSTED — Citing concerns about public safety, Senator Kenneth Gittens has requested that the Department of Planning & Natural Resources take immediate steps to remove partially sunken vessels from Christiansted Harbor.  These vessels, most of which were damaged in recent inclement weather, pose a safety hazard to other boats and to seaplanes,

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The second of two men arrested for attempting to smuggle more than 1,307 pounds of marijuana by boat into the region has been found guilty, authorities said. Cristian Valencia Mendoza of Colombia was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A native of Costa Rica admitted in federal court that he captained a vessel that tried to introduce at least 1,307 pounds of marijuana into the region, authorities said. Hansel Andres Centeno-Arriola of San José pled guilty on Friday to possession of a controlled substance with Intent

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MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted 14 Haitian migrants a Dominican migrant and a suspected smuggler Wednesday 12 miles east of Boynton Beach. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a report from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office of a Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircraft detecting

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Three South Americans and one Central American were charged in federal court today with drug smuggling in Caribbean waters patrolled by the United States, authorities said. Freddy Montano Paz, 29, Calixto Tumbaco, 41, Mariano Abregon, 42, and Hector Hernandez Saucedo, 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth

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