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US Border Patrol Discovers Cocaine & Heroin in Vehicle’s Gas Tank

SALTON CITY, Calif. (June 6, 2017) – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling heroin and cocaine Saturday afternoon.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., when a 22-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a white 1991 Chevrolet Pick-up. Prior to reaching primary inspection, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for further examination.

Upon further inspection, agents found concealed in the truck’s fuel tank. Twenty packages tested positive for cocaine, two packages tested positive for black tar heroin, and six packages tested positive for Mexican brown heroin.

The total weight of the cocaine was 25.39 pounds with an estimated street value of $380,850. The black tar heroin totaled 1.97 pounds in weight with an estimated street value of $21,670, while the total weight of the Mexican brown heroin was 3.45 pounds with an estimated street value of $32,775.

The man, a United States Citizen, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

Since fiscal year 2017, which started Oct. 1, 2016, El Centro Sector has seized more than 140.29 pounds of heroin and 449.76 pounds of cocaine.

SOURCE: cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/border-patrol-discovers-narcotics-vehicle-s-gas-tank-0

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US Coast Guard Medevacs Woman off of Carnival Fantasy

US Coast GuardNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship 40 nautical miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 6:20 a.m. of a 53-year-old female suffering from stroke-like symptoms aboard the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy.

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 7:50 a.m. and a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew at 8:38 a.m. to assist.

The MH-65 aircrew arrived on scene at 9:04 a.m. and successfully hoisted the survivor and an accompanying nurse and transported both individuals to West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, Louisiana, at10:20 a.m.

The survivor was reported in stable condition.

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US Border Patrol Nabs Human Smugglers

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 86, near Three Points, interdicted a human smuggling load on April 22.

Agents stopped a Chevrolet Impala with two visible occupants and obtained permission from the driver to search the vehicle. As a result, the agent discovered two Mexican nationals being smuggled in the vehicle’s trunk. Neither of the illegal alien passengers had knowledge on how to escape from the trunk in an emergency. The driver and front passenger are being charged with human smuggling and the Mexican nationals are being held for immigration violations.

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

cbp.gov/newsroom/local-media-release/border-patrol-nabs-human-smugglers

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Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew returns home after seizeing over 13 tons of cocaine

The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk pulls into port April 22, 2017, in Key West, Florida, following a three-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The cutter seized approximately 12,000 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $390 million. (Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk returned home Saturday to Key West following a three-month counter-drug patrol in the Pacific Ocean.

During the patrol the Mohawk’s crew interdicted 14 vessels that were smuggling illegal narcotics, detained 41 suspected smugglers for prosecution in U.S. Federal or partner-nation courts and seized approximately 12,000 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $390 million.

The Mohawk’s crew partnered with units from multiple U.S. agencies and allied nations to conduct counter drug operations in support of the Eleventh Coast Guard District and the Key West-based Joint Interagency Task Force South.

To extend operational range and increase mission effectiveness the Mohawk embarked MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron. On one occasion during the deployment the Mohawk interdicted four vessels in less than 36 hours.

A view of seized cocaine on the fantail of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk during an Eastern Pacific patrol in March, 2017.

The cooperative efforts of foreign military and law enforcement personnel and U.S. government inter-agency partners detect, disrupt and interdict illegal narcotics smuggling ventures in the Eastern Pacific. These activities support the rule of law in Central America and promote stability in the region.

After returning home, the crew will prepare Mohawk to return to sea in execution of all Coast Guard missions.

Mohawk is the 13th and last of the 270-foot Famous class cutters. Since its commissioning in March 1991, the cutter serves the nation in a wide variety of Coast Guard missions including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, alien migrant interdiction operations, defense readiness, and homeland security operations.

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President Trump’s Statement on Syrian Strike

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”

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U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

 

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Defense

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Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

 

SOURCE: DoD

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Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes consisting of 14 engagements in Syria:

— Near Abu Kamal, three strikes destroyed three oil wellheads and two oil storage tanks.

— Near Bab, two strikes engaged four ISIL tactical units and destroyed a vehicle.

— Near Raqqah, four strikes destroyed a front-end loader, an ammunition factory, an oil pump jack and an oil storage tank; and damaged a supply route.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed two oil wellheads.

Strikes in Iraq

Artillery, and attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five strikes consisting of 21 engagements in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

— Near Mosul, five strikes engaged two ISIL tactical units; destroyed five watercraft, four vehicle-borne bomb factories, four front-end loaders, an artillery system, a vehicle, two ISIL-held buildings and a command-and-control node; and suppressed an ISIL mortar team.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat it poses to Iraq, Syria, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits ISIL’s ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.

Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Syria include the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations that have conducted strikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Department of Defense

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Department of Defense Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy sailor who was supporting U.S. Central Command Operations.

Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, Illinois, died Jan. 28 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida.

He was assigned to an East Coast based Special Warfare unit.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis released the following statement:

I extend my condolences to the family and shipmates of Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

Ryan gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service. The United States would not long exist were it not for the selfless commitment of such warriors.

I thank our gallant troops and their families for their dedication to protecting this nation, and I pass our respects to Ryan’s family in this most difficult time.

SOURCE: U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs

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Memorial Day Weekend at Conner Prairie

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May 26-28

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park is open Memorial Day weekend with free general admission to military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Celebrate the legacy of our nation’s veterans with a visit to 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana, where you can see Civil War cannons in action, learn about the life of a Civil War soldier and maybe even practice your marching skills. You can also revel in the life and vitality of spring by visiting one of our many gardens or marvel at the wild plants sprouting up along our wooded pathways. Be sure to visit Lenape Indian Camp to find out how Native Americans used wild plants for food and medicine as well as our other outdoor historic areas. Saturday, May 26, Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $14/adult, $13/seniors 65+, $9 youth (ages 2-12), free for members and youth under 2.

For more information, call (317) 776-6006 or (800) 966-1836 or visit www.connerprairie.org.

This post was submitted by Sarah Frey.