By Dialogo January 27, 2014 MIAMI, U.S.A. – Operation Martillo has confiscated 278,611 kilograms of cocaine and 27,556 kilograms of marijuana during its 444 events that have led to 620 arrests and 205 seized vessels since the multinational effort was launched in January 2012. Operation Martillo has removed US$5.6 billion in narcotics and equipment from the global drug trade, a major accomplishment for the international mission that gathers 14 partner nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus. Operation Martillo, which is led by the U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South and includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, and the United Kingdom, strives to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. The key to Operation Martillo’s success has been countries working together toward a common goal: to curtail narco-trafficking and the violence it brings. More than 67% of all seizures involve partner nation assistance or support. Operation Martillo partners recently agreed to continue to address regional transnational criminal threats, improve communication and information sharing, and remain firmly committed to denying Transnational Criminal Organizations the air and maritime access needed to move their illicit cargo. “Overall, this mission has a high operational tempo. It’s up to us to keep the pressure on,” Cmdr. Lance Lantier, the USS Rentz’s commanding officer, said in a prepared statement, as his ship has confiscated 3,000 kilograms of cocaine during the past four months. “The success of [our most recent] operation reflects our continued commitment to countering the flow of illegal narcotics while maintaining a forceful presence.” Recently, the U.S. teamed with British Royal Navy to seize a huge shipment of marijuana from a dilapidated fishing vessel in the Caribbean on Dec. 26. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, a British ship carrying U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Navy personnel, boarded the shipping vessel – called the Miss Kameney – after an overnight chase. Aboard the vessel, officers recovered about 250 kilograms of marijuana hidden in sacks and a crew of five suspects, who were detained and turned over to U.S. authorities in the Dominican Republic. Officials estimated the shipment’s value at more than US$1.5 million. “The work of the Royal Navy across the globe and, in particular, in the Caribbean on counter- narcotics operations is vital to protecting the United Kingdom,” the Royal Navy said in a prepared statement. “The interdiction, disruption and deterrence operations by ships of both the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the Caribbean all contribute to stemming the flow of illicit drugs from South America into the Caribbean, and onwards to the streets of the UK and the U.S.”
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Every death of a mother during pregnancy, childbirth or the postpartum period is a tragedy. Alarmingly, maternal deaths have increased across the U.S. in recent years. Yesterday I signed important legislation to investigate this increase so we can prevent future tragedies. https://t.co/U7wjPivMxm— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 10, 2018 May 14, 2018 The Blog, Weekly Update Gun Violence ReductionLast Tuesday, Governor Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to announce a new $1.5 million Gun Violence Reduction Initiative and commend the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for the release of $48 million in grants to organizations serving crime victims across Pennsylvania.“After hearing from this community about the real-world dangers of gun violence, I’m proud to return and deliver funds to help stem the tide of violence,” said Governor Wolf. “We must continue to tackle this crisis head-on, and these new grants are an important step toward achieving that goal.”The governor’s new program will offer competitive grants to municipalities for evidence-based programs proven to reduce gun violence.Job TrainingGovernor Wolf continued to build on his Jobs that Pay initiative on Friday by announcing funding to expand training programs in Northwest Pennsylvania. He also awarded $2 million in Business Education Partnership grants to 18 projects across the commonwealth on Thursday. For a complete list of grant recipients, click here.Women’s HealthOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1869 into law, now Act 24 of 2018, to investigate maternal deaths. This law will create a 15-member Maternal Mortality Review Committee within the Department of Health to collect confidential information or investigate and disseminate findings related to maternal deaths.“With the alarming rate of maternal deaths in Pennsylvania, establishing this committee will help take immediate action in determining the reasons for this phenomenon and, more importantly, help to develop prevention recommendations,” Governor Wolf said.Improving InfrastructureGovernor Wolf joined PennDOT Secretary Richards on Tuesday to announce funding for 82 projects that will improve transportation alternatives across the commonwealth. These projects will enhance mobility and public accessibility for Pennsylvanians in 39 counties.Governor Wolf’s Week, May 6-12, 2018Monday, 5/7/18Governor Wolf Appoints Dr. Janet Haas as Honorary Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment CommissionCommunity Members Join Wolf Administration in Johnstown for Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf Joins Fraternal Order of Police for Memorial Service to Honor Fallen HeroesCorrections Employee Week, 2018Tuesday, 5/8/18Governor Wolf: 82 Improvement Projects to Bolster Public Transit, Communities Across PennsylvaniaGovernor Wolf, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Take Action to Reduce Gun ViolenceWolf, Casey Oppose White House CHIP, Health Care CutsWednesday, 5/9/18Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Investigate Maternal DeathsGovernor Wolf Honors 47 State Employees for Excellence in Public ServiceGovernor Wolf Ready to Veto Latest Dangerous and Unconscionable Attack on Women’s Health CareState Employee Recognition Day, 2018Thursday, 5/10/18Governor Wolf Announces $2 Million in Business Education Partnership Grants for In-Demand JobsGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor York City Police Officer Alex SableGovernor Wolf Announces $118 Million Volkswagen Settlement to Fund New Air Pollution Reduction ProgramFriday, 5/11/18Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Expand Machining, Welding Training Programs in Northwest PennsylvaniaHighlights from TwitterThe path to a good career starts before Pennsylvania’s students leave the classroom. By funding important programs like this that help connect our young people to fast-growing jobs, we give them a jump start that will benefit their careers for years to come. https://t.co/AwR1Ee3iQV— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 12, 2018 Weekly Update: Reducing Gun Violence, Training Students, and Improving Health Care
The Town of Dennis is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New England District to conduct work in waters of the U.S. in conjunction with dredging and disposal works in Dennis and Yarmouth areas, Mass.The proposed work involves the selective dredging of multiple navigation and mooring basins within multiple waterways in the towns of Dennis and Yarmouth.Suitable dredged material will be used as nourishment on multiple townowned beaches in Dennis while material that is not deemed suitable for beach nourishment will be disposed of at the Cape Cod Bay Disposal Site and at the South Dennis Landfill.Dredging is proposed in Sesuit Harbor, Swan Pond River, and the Bass River by mechanical and/or hydraulic means.Dredging and nourishment is proposed in both previously dredged and nourished areas as well as new areas. Previous dredging has been completed within Sesuit Harbor and the Swan Pond River. The majority of the proposed areas within the Bass River have never been dredged.According to USACE, the purpose of this permit review is to bring all of the Town’s dredging and beach nourishment maintenance activities under one comprehensive permit. This will provide the Town the flexibility they need to dredge and nourish the highest priority areas and allow for effective and efficient use of Town resources.The Town is requesting to dredge approximately 434,310 cubic yards from portions of these waterways over 10 years. This encompasses an approximately 96.03-acre area.All areas of Bass River and Sesuit Harbor will be dredged to a depth of -6 feet mean low water (MLW) and the Swan Pond River will be dredged to -4 feet MLW.Approximately 175,000 cubic yards of dredged material will be used as nourishment on Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound beaches, encompassing approximately 4 acres.USACE added that approximately 70,000 cubic yards of material will be disposed of at the Cape Cod Bay Disposal Site and another 190,000 cubic yards will be disposed of at the South Dennis Landfill.Public comments on this work should be forwarded no later than July 26, 2018 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.
== Bennett Smith of Clear Lake, who is running for the House District 54 seat that covers Clear Lake, the western third of Cerro Gordo County, all of Franklin County, and the northwestern portion of Butler County, also filed his nomination papers this week to be an independent candidate on the ballot in November. == Sharon Steckman will be seeking a seventh term in the Iowa House. The Democrat from Mason City currently represents House District 53, which includes Mason City, Rockwell and the central third of Cerro Gordo County. Steckman currently sits on the Administration and Rules, Education, Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and State Government committees. MASON CITY — The filing period for legislative candidates started this past Monday, and three local legislators have filed their June primary nomination papers as they seek re-election: Legislative candidates have until March 13th to file their nominating papers for the primary election, which takes place on Tuesday June 2nd. == == Waylon Brown will be seeking his second term to the Iowa Senate District 26 seat that covers all of Worth, Mitchell, Floyd, Chickasaw, and Howard counties, as well as the eastern third of Cerro Gordo and the northwestern quarter of Winneshiek County. The Republican from Osage is currently the vice chair of the Senate’s Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Commerce, Labor & Business Relations, and Ways & Means committees. == Jane Bloomingdale will be seeking her third term in the Iowa House. The Republican from Northwood currently chairs the House Local Government Committee. She also serves on the Commerce, State Government and Ways & Means committees. Her House District 51 seat includes all of Worth, Mitchell, and Howard counties as well as the northwestern quadrant of Winneshiek County.