Operation Martillo: U.S. frigate sinks suspected drug smuggling speedboat

Posted on November 19, 2012 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Police/Military Activity, United States

The U.S. 4th Fleet guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) with embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) boarded and searched two suspicious vessels, sinking one, of being involved in illicit cargo trafficking Nov. 7 as part of Operation Martillo.

While on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific in support of Operation Martillo, Gary’s embarked SH-60B Seahawk Helicopter Squadron, HSL 49 Detachment 3, was able to locate a suspicious speedboat which it had been pursuing for more than 24 hours. When the speedboat recognized it was being detected it attempted to evade the helicopter. Warning shots were authorized, which brought the vessel to an immediate halt. Read Article

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