About 1,400 pounds of marijuana seized by the Coast Guard Cutter Dorado stacked on the dock in San Diego. U.S. Coast Guard
SAN DIEGO — Agencies from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including the Coast Guard, detected and interdicted a suspected smuggling vessel carrying about 1,400 pounds of marijuana 40 miles southwest of San Diego on July 25, the Coast Guard 11th District said in a release.
Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (CBP AMO) crews notified watchstanders at San Diego’s Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) of suspected smuggling activity aboard a 35-foot boat at about 7 p.m. The watchstanders diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dorado (WPB 87306) that was conducting a routine counter-smuggling patrol in the area.
Dorado arrived on scene at about 10:30 p.m. after being vectored in by CBP AMO crews. The Dorado crew launched their interceptor boat with a boarding team that discovered the marijuana aboard the suspicious vessel. Two suspected smugglers were detained.
Dorado’s crew transported the marijuana and suspected smugglers to San Diego, where CBP’s AMO crew seized the suspected smuggling vessel and Homeland Security Investigation’s Marine Task Force took custody of the suspected smugglers and contraband.
Published: August 05, 2019
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