USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport

first_img View post tag: Nicholas USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Mayport View post tag: four View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: than View post tag: Tons View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nicholas Delivers More than Four Tons of Drugs to Mayport View post tag: Drugs View post tag: delivers July 18, 2012 View post tag: more Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo, July 17.Crew members offloaded approximately 3,408 kilograms (7,500 pounds) of cocaine, and 109 kilograms (239 pounds) of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million. The amount of cocaine seized was enough for 7.2 million doses, each dose approximately the same size as a sugar packet.USS Nicholas is returning to port after a 175-day deployment supporting counter illicit trafficking operations aimed at disrupting transnational organized crime and keeping drugs off the streets. “With the help of some partners in the region we accomplished what we set out to do; disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, USS Nicholas commanding officer. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of other naval units, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the partner nation navies, we executed a successful deployment.”During the deployment, Nicholas with embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) conducted a combination of six disruptions and interdictions while in the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters of South and Central America.Also during the deployment, Nicholas transited the Panama Canal twice, conducted passing exercises and an officer exchange with the Colombian Navy, certified 22 pilots through Helicopter Anti Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment 9, four underway replenishments with a Chilean oiler, celebrated the anniversary of the War of 1812, and a “Crossing the Line” ceremony when the ship crossed the equator.U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels, U.S. military and patrol aircraft from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, along with the support of allied and partner nation (PN) forces assisted with patrolling coastal regions from Colombia to Mexico to detect and monitor illicit traffic in order to cue and support PNs and U.S. interagency interdiction efforts.Patrol airplanes from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW-77), Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) operating from El Salvador and U.S. Customs and Border Protection long range patrol aircraft operating from Jacksonville, Fla. And Corpus Christi, Tex., use sophisticated sensors to detect suspicious vessels and coordinate interdictions by the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and partner nations patrolling the region.More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats. By teaming up with regional partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, transnational organized crime networks will be denied those routes.LEDETs belong to Tactical Law Enforcement Team South or Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and are an armed deployable specialized force under the USCG’s Deployable Operations Group. They were created to support narcotics interdiction operations aboard U.S. Navy and allied ships and are capable of supporting DOD national defense operations. LEDETs provide specialized law enforcement capability and maritime security capabilities to enforce U.S. laws across a full spectrum of maritime response situations, maritime security augmentation and maritime interdiction anti-piracy operations.Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, the agency charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area under the direction of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 18, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Share this articlelast_img read more

Rogers City man charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRogers City, Mich. — A Michigan State Police investigation has led to the arrest a 25–year–old Rogers City man for sexual assault.Alexander Bidlake has been formally charged with criminal sexual conduct in the 3rd degree. Authorities say that a 15–year–old Harrisville girl met the 25–year–old on Facebook.In October, Bidlake drove to her home in Harrisville and brought her back to his home in Rogers City. He sexually assaulted her that night. The victim was reported missing by her parents. She eventually reported incident to a mandated reporter who turned the information into the Department of Health and Human Services.Bidlake was arraigned in the 89th District Court last Wednesday. He was assessed a $25,000 bond.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Harrisville, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, michigan state police, Rogers City, Sexual AssaultContinue ReadingPrevious Brighton man in critical condition after one-vehicle rolloverNext Fish mural nearing completion, community can still leave their marklast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Dex

first_imgFacebook64Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Dex! He is a 2-year-old, freckle-faced cutie-pie, Cattle Dog mix in search of a forever and loving home where he can have a good and happy life. Someone trimmed his ears and tail to make me look tough, but he is known at the shelter as a super nice boy, and volunteer favorite. Because he is so smart and energetic, he loves to learn new things and play. He would do very well with an active family, agility, woodsy hikes or beach-fetch and sniffing. Doesn’t he look spiffy in his baseball themed bandanna? He would also be willing to plop on his back in your lap for belly rubs. oys are his thing, and playing fetch is his favorite! If you have a securely-fenced yard and loving time to share, Dex promises to give you an endless supply of happy-faced tail-wiggles and a lifetime of devotion. Check out his starring video to see him in action practicing his skills here. If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Dex in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Leafs get back in series with 5-3 victory over Hawks

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs finally solved the voodoo curse inflicted on the Green and White by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Colton Schell’s goal with just over three minutes remaining in the third period sparked the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Hawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoffs action Friday night before 600 plus fans at the NDCC Arena.The victory, the first in six games for Nelson against Beaver Valley, pulls the Leafs to within a game in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division semi final series.Game four is Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Game five is Monday in Beaver Valley.“It was pretty exciting for us to get this win,” said a beaming Schell after the game. “Now we’re looking to do it again (Saturday).”Facing a 2-0 hole in the series, the Leafs played their best period of the series to start the game.Gavin Currie, who missed game two, started the scoring for Nelson with his first marker of the series.The Hawks tied the game as Chris Derochie scored on the power play. Beaver Valley took a 2-1 lead with another power play marker in the second, this time by Tyler Collins.Nelson then got the break it needed with Marcus Dahl stripped the puck from Mason Spear deep in the Beaver Valley zone before beating Mike Vlanich for the tying goal.In the third Beaver Valley once again took the lead when Daniel Bishop beat Marcus Beesley in the Nelson nets.But unlike past games the Leafs didn’t fold. Cody Abbey tied the game before Schell and Dustin Johnson into an empty net completed a three-goal run by Nelson.“We had lots of focus in the dressing room and just put bodies in front of (Mike) Vlanich and put pucks on the net,” said Schell when asked what keyed this comeback. Beaver Valley skipper Terry Jones was not pleased with the effort of his team, which he felt was “outworked” by Nelson.“(Nelson) was a desperate team. . .. They wanted it more and that was apparent from the first drop of the puck to the last drop of the puck,” said Jones. “They just sold out and were more physical than us and were full marks for the win.”“We were lucky just to hang in and I’ll be honest this was a real disappointing effort by our guys,” he added.Nelson out shot the Hawks in every period, finishing with a 38-23 margin. Marcus Beesley won his first playoff game this season as the Leaf goalie finally got the better of Vlanich.PLAYOFF NOTES: The game was halted ten minutes into the opening period when a puck that was fired in during a Leaf power play shattered the glass at the north end of the arena. . . .The six-game losing streak against Beaver Valley included four previous regular season games and two playoff games. . . .Marcus Dahl, Dustin Johnson, Colton Schell and Joel Stewart each finished the contest with two points for Nelson. . . . The points for Stewart and Schell were the first of the series for Nelson top two scorers during the regular season. . . .Dallas Calvin had two points for Beaver Valley to give him nine for the series and a tie for top spot in KIJHL scoring with Bruce Silvera of Revelstoke. . . .During the first intermission of the game, two Nelson Figure Skaters, Morgan Sabo and Shaen Panko Dool each skated a routine for the crowd. . . .In Spokane, Jesse Knowler scored at 6:16 of the first overtime period to spark the Castlegar Rebels to a 2-1 win over the Braves. Castlegar leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with game five set for Sunday in the Sunflower [email protected]last_img read more