MIAMI, FL – The United States Coast Guard, with the assistance of other federal and national partners, announced drug seizures reportedly worth over $475 million.
Bravo zulu! The @USCG crew of the USCGC LEGARE just returned from an 11-week deployment. They offloaded approx. $475 million in illicit narcotics, conducted key partner nation engagements, and led search & rescue operations.
— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) September 23, 2022
The Coast Guard has many different missions, ranging from keeping the United States out of danger from foreign attacks to enforcing maritime laws. One of those missions that the agency is tasked with is drug interdiction.
The Coast Guard conducts drug interdiction through various means, one of them by taking part in multinational operations seeking out drug smugglers.
While the Coast Guard and others typically enjoy seizing thousands of pounds of narcotics a year, rarely are they able to boast about success like they are with their recent report in September of 2022.
On September 15th, the United States Coast Guard brought in a whopping $475 million worth of narcotics they and their partners seized into Miami.
The Coast Guard reported a seizure of roughly 24,700 pounds of cocaine and 3,892 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were seized in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean seas through the combined efforts of multiple ships.
United States Coast Guard Commander Jeremy Greenwood lauded the multinational effort by saying:
“I am proud of the crew’s continued devotion to duty that made this offload possible. Through the coordinated efforts of the Legare, the LEDETs, HNLMS Groningen, CGC James, and the USS Billings crews, we significantly contributed to the counter-drug mission and the dismantling of transnational criminal organizations. The drugs seized through this coordinated effort will result in significantly few drug-related overdoses.”
The Coast Guard reported successful drug interdiction operations are only possible through the state, federal, and international coordination. The Coast Guard reported:
“The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean, and the transnational criminal organizations they are associated with, requires a unity in effort in all phases; from detection and monitoring to interdiction and apprehension, and on to criminal prosecutions by international partners and U.S. Attorneys Offices in districts across the nation…
“Detecting and interdicting illegal drug traffickers on the high seas involves significant interagency and international coordination.
The Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida conducts detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime transit of illegal drugs. Maritime interdiction of illicit smuggling activity in the Caribbean Sea is coordinated by the Seventh Coast Guard District.”
The Coast Guard worked with international agencies like the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, the Royal Netherlands Navy, and the Dutch Fleet Marine Corps. This group monitors and interdicts narcotics anywhere in the area of the Eastern Caribbean Sea near Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.
Border patrol chief announces the “dangers are real” after sex offenders, gang members, murderers and drugs busted coming across the border
WASHINGTON, DC – The head of the United States Border Patrol has announced that the dangers of illegal aliens coming into the country from the southern border are real.
Not only are there reports almost daily of large drug seizures, violent felons, and others attempting to cross, but now, the chief is reporting they have apprehended ten different illegal aliens who are sex offenders in just three days.
While those who support Democrat Biden’s stance on illegal aliens entering the country point to the number of apprehensions at the southern border being a sign of success and keeping the country safe, they are ignoring or not realizing the bigger threat at hand.
No one is taking away the significant results of federal authorities apprehending criminals illegally crossing the border, but those who oppose Biden are more concerned with how many people were able to make it across the border safely.
That issue could not be more clear after the United States Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz announced on September 6th that his agents had apprehended ten illegal alien sex offenders in three days.
In addition to those criminals being caught, numerous other alleged gang members and one murderer were also apprehended. In Chief Ortiz’s tweet, he wrote:
“The dangers are real. Great work by our agents.”
In three days, Chief Ortiz announced that his agents had encountered 2,690 illegal aliens who were attempting to cross into the country. That number included ten large groups of people who were attempting to come across at the same time.
Of that large number of people who were stopped, ten of those were sex offenders, four of them documented gang members, and one of them reported to be a murderer.
Along with those arrested, Chief Ortiz reported federal agents also seized a large number of illicit narcotics during the same time frame, including 71 pounds of methamphetamine and 100 pills of fentanyl.
During this fiscal year, which begins in October and runs until October of 2023, federal agents apprehended almost 2,000 illegal aliens attempting to cross the southern border.
That of course does not include the unknown number of illegal aliens who have been able to successfully cross into the United States. Although no one really knows how many people that could be, estimates are upwards of 500,000 or more.
The answer to that is not known which is troubling, considering the apparent belief that the number of those who are attempting passage into the country will only increase.
The recent news comes after Chief Ortiz reported under oath that President Biden’s policies seemingly lead people to believe that there are “no consequences” for illegal aliens coming across the border. According to Fox News Digital, Chief Ortiz made the comments during a recorded deposition on July 28th regarding a lawsuit that had been filed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.
Chief Ortiz surmised the number of people attempting to illegally cross the border will only increase due to the belief that there are no consequences. Chief Ortiz said:
“In my experience, we have seen increases when there are no consequences.”
An attorney who was part of the deposition asked Chief Ortiz:
“So, if migrant populations believe that they’re going…there are not going to be consequences, more of them will come to the border. Is that what you’re saying?”
Chief Ortiz responded:
“There is an assumption that if migrant populations are told that there is a potential that they may be released, that, yes, you can see increases.”
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