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Coast guardsman returns from Caribbean patrol
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Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Victor D. Young and several crew members aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas recently returned from a narcotics patrol in the western Caribbean.
Young is the son of Marcella and Victor D. Young of Richmond Hill and a 2007 graduate of Richmond Hill High School. He joined the Coast Guard in November 2010.
During this three-month deployment, the mission focused on the reduction of drug trafficking in the Caribbean.
The Coast Guard has recently begun Operation New Frontier by employing armed helicopters to aid in the counter-narcotics effort directed specifically at the threat of high speed boats.
Until recently speed boats could carry large quantities of narcotics across the ocean with little fear of being apprehended.
Maritime drug interdiction is the “bread and butter” of Dallas’ missions. Dallas has been one of the pioneers in this new arena.
Working under the tactical control of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF), Dallas carried on a constant battle with drug cartels on both the eastern and western sides of Central America.
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