U.S., Canadian Forces Partner to Seize Cocaine in Support of Operation MARTILLO

first_imgThey work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report. The effort has captured 101 suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the cocaine, which was worth more than $848 million. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. By Dialogo April 22, 2015 U.S. and Canadian officials the operation’s accomplishments on April 16, when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returned to its home port in the city of San Diego with more than 12,700 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of more than $424 million. That cocaine was seized during 19 interdictions, culminating in March when the USS Gary, Boutwell and Canadian Ship Whitehorse partnered to seize about 5,284 kilograms of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. It was the single largest maritime drug interdiction in the Eastern Pacific since 2009. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Partner nations working together in support of Operation MARTILLO have teamed up to seize more than 25,401 kilograms of cocaine in the past six months during patrols in near Central and South America. The effort has captured 101 suspected narco-traffickers in connection with the cocaine, which was worth more than $848 million. That bust follows an earlier occurred after the USS Kauffman partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Ships Goose Bay and Shawinigan to seize 1,017 kilograms of cocaine off a vessel in the western Caribbean Sea on February 28. Naval forces removed the cocaine, which was valued at about $33.9 million and arrested eight crew members before the Kauffman sank the ship off the coast of Panama after determining it was in no condition to return to shore because it had taken on too much water. “It takes a network to defeat a [transnational organized criminal] network,” Vice Admiral Charles Michel, U.S. Deputy Commandant for Operations, recently wrote in the U.S. Coast Guard’s official blog, the Coast Guard Compass. Partner nations working together in support of Operation MARTILLO have teamed up to seize more than 25,401 kilograms of cocaine in the past six months during patrols in near Central and South America. The USS Gary and its U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) were patrolling international waters when it spotted the crew of a coastal freighter throwing bales overboard. The Gary called the Whitehorse and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to assist in the interdiction. Members of the LEDET and Whitehorse boarded the ship, but they didn’t find any more cocaine than the approximately 5,284 kilograms of cocaine that had been tossed into the water. “It takes a network to defeat a [transnational organized criminal] network,” Vice Admiral Charles Michel, U.S. Deputy Commandant for Operations, recently wrote in the U.S. Coast Guard’s official blog, the Coast Guard Compass. The USS Gary and its U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) were patrolling international waters when it spotted the crew of a coastal freighter throwing bales overboard. The Gary called the Whitehorse and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell to assist in the interdiction. Members of the LEDET and Whitehorse boarded the ship, but they didn’t find any more cocaine than the approximately 5,284 kilograms of cocaine that had been tossed into the water. U.S. and Canadian officials the operation’s accomplishments on April 16, when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returned to its home port in the city of San Diego with more than 12,700 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of more than $424 million. That cocaine was seized during 19 interdictions, culminating in March when the USS Gary, Boutwell and Canadian Ship Whitehorse partnered to seize about 5,284 kilograms of cocaine in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. It was the single largest maritime drug interdiction in the Eastern Pacific since 2009. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report. That bust follows an earlier occurred after the USS Kauffman partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Ships Goose Bay and Shawinigan to seize 1,017 kilograms of cocaine off a vessel in the western Caribbean Sea on February 28. Naval forces removed the cocaine, which was valued at about $33.9 million and arrested eight crew members before the Kauffman sank the ship off the coast of Panama after determining it was in no condition to return to shore because it had taken on too much water.last_img read more

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Pochettino: Arsenal can win title

first_imgSouthampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed by Arsenal this season and believes the Barclays Premier League leaders can sustain their title challenge. Press Association Their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United last time out highlighted those perceived weaknesses, which will be tested again this weekend in an unlikely first versus third clash at the Emirates Stadium. Southampton could usurp the Gunners as league leaders should results go their way on Saturday, although former Argentina international Pochettino is well aware of the threat the north Londoners pose. “I would say that the team that we’re going to play against on Saturday is the one that’s playing the best football in the league,” he said. “I think they can win the league, but I also think that there’s other teams that are going to be in the running to win the league. “I think it’s going to be a hard-fought competition throughout until the end of the season. It’s going to be very competitive and I think it’s going to be a very exciting end to the season.” Arsenal’s hopes of a first league title since the invincible 2003/04 season are undoubtedly boosted by the creative attacking options at their disposal. Pochettino knows two of those well from his time in the Primera Division with Espanyol, and warned his players to keep close tabs on Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla. “I rate Mesut Ozil as one of the top 10 players in the world,” he said of the former Real Madrid playmaker. “It is clear they are two great football players. It is clear that you cannot afford to grant them any space or time to think because they are players with individual actions can decide a game on their own. “They are amazing talents as we saw in La Liga and now as we see in the Premier League, so we have to be really careful with the two of them.” Southampton will be without Jack Cork and Guly do Prado for the trip to north London, while the fitness of Gaston Ramirez will be assessed when he returns from international duty with Uruguay on Friday. While he has been away from the south coast, more comments have emanated from his representative about the £12million signing’s apparent dissatisfaction at St Mary’s and the potential of a move to Inter Milan. Asked for news on Ramirez’s future, Pochettino said: “Nothing. He’s just a Southampton player and, as any other player, he’s fulfilling his contract at Southampton. I know nothing about that (interest from Inter).” Pochettino was equally curt when quizzed about record signing Dani Osvaldo’s future and a report in Turkey that Besiktas have made an enquiry about Jose Fonte, a key part of the Saints defence to have conceded just five league goals this season. “Every time I speak about the secret of this team and their success, I speak about it in a defensive manner in the sense that we have been playing really well defensively,” he said of the Portuguese. “That is not just down to one player, but the collective, the whole squad. I think not just him but the whole squad deserves the same merit, the same praise. “Now I have found out about another rumour about another one of my players, so that pleases me. Press conferences are a great way to find out about these rumours.” Arsene Wenger’s side look like they could soon end their well-documented trophy drought after an impressive start that leaves them top of the domestic table as well as their Champions League group. Despite their fine start, however, questions remain over the strength in depth of Arsenal’s squad in addition to their ability to compete against other top teams. last_img read more