Coast Guard Interdicts Suspected Smugglers, Seizes 1,446 Pounds of Marijuana
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard interdicted two suspected smugglers and seized 1,446 pounds of marijuana west of Oceanside, California, April 15, the Coast Guard 11th District said in a release.
A Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operation aircraft located a recreational vessel at approximately 12:25 a.m. and vectored in the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active and a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
At approximately 5:15 a.m., Active’s crew conducted a boarding of the vessel. Once aboard, Active’s boarding team discovered multiple packages which later field-tested positive for marijuana.
Active’s crew placed both crew members into custody. Both suspects, the contraband and vessel, were then transferred to Homeland Security Investigations Marine Task Force, pending prosecution in San Diego.
The San Diego Regional Coordinating Mechanism comprises U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations, Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Coast Guard and other federal, state and local partners. Collectively, these regional partners conduct interagency operational planning and leverage agency authorities and jurisdictions to combat threat networks that seek to exploit the maritime approaches to the United States.
The Active is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington.