USCGC Campbell wraps up patrol with $80M of cocaine seizures

first_img The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell concluded its patrol of the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean having seized a total of $80 million dollars worth of cocaine.The cutter returned to its homeport at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, on February 14, following a 61-day counter narcotics patrol.In the span of one month Campbell seized or disrupted a total of seven smuggling vessels carrying cocaine from South America bound for the United States. The amount of cocaine seized was estimated to be 4,800 pounds (2,177 kilograms) and worth more than $80 million dollars.In addition, Campbell’s crew rescued eight Cuban migrants attempting to sail from Cuba to the United States in an unseaworthy vessel.Campbell deployed in support of the Joint-Interagency Task Force-South, which is in an international operation to disrupt the transportation of narcotics. In doing so, Campbell worked with air, land, and naval assets from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Western Hemisphere partner agencies, to counter drug trafficking.Campbell’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Michael Nasitka, siad: “The amount of success we experienced is a true testament to the professionalism of the crew and their dedication to the mission.”“The patrol was extremely busy and the crew spent the holidays away from their families. Despite this, the crew rose to every challenge in order to achieve success at thwarting transnational crime in the Western Hemisphere.”Campbell is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, and is the sixth cutter to bear the name Campbell. The new Offshore Patrol Cutter contract has been awarded to replace the service’s 270-foot and 210-foot medium endurance cutters, which are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate.[mappress mapid=”17720″] February 18, 2016 Authorities USCGC Campbell returns from patrol with $80 million of cocaine seizures Back to overview,Home naval-today USCGC Campbell returns from patrol with $80 million of cocaine seizures center_img View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: USCGC Campbell Share this articlelast_img read more

Two men arrested for burglary in Madison

first_imgMadison, IN— Tuesday morning, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Pleasant Ridge Road for a burglary in progress. The property owner who lives nearby informed Jefferson County Central Dispatch that he believed that suspects were still inside the residence. When deputies arrived, they were able to locate Michael Alan Abbott, 45,  of Madison and Larry Shannon Moeller, 42, of Madison hiding inside the residence.  Abbott was charged on allegations of Burglary and Criminal Trespass. Moeller was charged on allegations of Burglary, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Criminal Trespass.last_img read more

Juventus claim Champions League final spot

first_imgJuventus are through to the Champions League FinalLast night goals from Mandzukic and Dani Alves eased Juventus through their semi final second leg against Monaco.They won 2-1 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri believes this could be the season the Italian club ends its 21-year wait for a European trophy.Meanwhile, FIFA’s looking into Manchester United’s STG£89m signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus.The world governing body’s requested information on the world record deal, which took place last summer.Later tonight, Real Madrid are expected to complete the job against their neighbours Athletico in their Champions league semi final second leg.Real take a 3-0 lead to the Calderon.Kick off is at 7.45pm this evening. Photo: © UEFA.comlast_img read more

‘It was ugly, but who cares?’: Klopp joy as Liverpool go top

first_imgLiverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) and Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (L) celebrate after a late own goal from Tottenham Hotspur’s. PHOTO AFPCollated English Premier League results Cardiff 1 Chelsea 2Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1Played SaturdayBrighton 0 Southampton 1Burnley 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0Crystal Palace 2 Huddersfield 0Fulham 0 Man City 2Leicester 2 Bournemouth 0Manchester United 2 Watford 1West Ham 0 Everton 2Playing Monday (1900GMT)Arsenal v NewcastleLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP |  Liverpool’s willpower is keeping their Premier League title hopes alive, admitted manager Jurgen Klopp after his side moved back top of the table in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.Toby Alderweireld’s own goal a minute from time moved Liverpool two points ahead of title rivals Manchester City.Klopp’s men still need City to slip up in their remaining seven games as the champions have a game in hand.However, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s error to parry the ball in off the unfortunate Alderweireld was reminiscent of Jordan Pickford’s mistake to also gift Divock Origi a late winner against Everton earlier in the season, suggesting Liverpool’s luck may be in this year.“I told the boys after the game there are 500,000 ways probably to win a football game. Today it was rather ugly, but without a bit of luck you cannot be in the position we are,” said Klopp.“If we are top of the table after the last matchday it would be a championship of will.”Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title looked set to be dealt a massive blow as Lucas Moura’s strike 20 minutes from time cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s early opener.And the visitors will be left to regret Moussa Sissoko missing a huge chance to inflict Liverpool’s first home league defeat in nearly two years five minutes from time.Spurs are now in serious danger of crashing out of the top four as they remain level on points with Manchester United and could be usurped by north London rivals Arsenal into third should the Gunners beat Newcastle on Monday.“Overall I think we were better than Liverpool,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “It is difficult to explain, but at the same time I am proud of the performance.”Pochettino’s men remain without a Premier League win since February 10. However, the Argentine wants to set that record right at the opening night of the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.“The new stadium must be a big boost for everyone,” said Pochettino. “I was telling the players in the changing room we have seven games and we are in top four and we need to compete. It’s a mini-league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.”– Kop delirium –Spurs started brightly, but conceded with Liverpool’s first significant attack when Firmino headed home the opener on 16 minutes from a delightful Andy Robertson cross.That was Robertson’s 12th assist of the season from left-back and the Scotland captain was involved again in a flowing move moments later as he forged down the left and neat touches from Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum teed up Sadio Mane to curl just wide.Liverpool were thankful to Robertson at the other end after the break as he made a vital block to prevent Christian Eriksen firing home on the rebound after Alisson Becker was forced into his first save of the afternoon by Harry Kane.Salah has now scored just once in his last 11 games and his wasted chance to give Liverpool some breathing space when Alderweireld blocked the Egyptian’s shot with Mane better placed and begging for a pass looked costly when Tottenham levelled.Kane’s quick thinking and excellent long-range pass picked out Kieran Trippier, who fed Eriksen and his scuffed shot fell perfectly for Moura to turn home. As Liverpool surged forward in search of a winner, Spurs could have picked them off as Sissoko blazed over with just Alisson to beat before Alli clipped a shot inches wide.Instead, there was delirium in front of the Kop end when Lloris parried Salah’s header into Alderweireld and the ball ricocheted over the line to breathe fresh life into Liverpool’s title challenge.In Sunday’s other game,  Maurizio Sarri insists he will fight to remain Chelsea manager despite fans chanting for him to be sacked during their controversial 2-1 win at Cardiff City.Sarri’s position looked precarious when Chelsea trailed 1-0 against Premier League strugglers Cardiff with just six minutes remaining.Victor Camarasa’s goal looked likely to dent Chelsea’s pursuit of a top four finish and their supporters’ anger towards Sarri was audible.But a dubious equaliser from Cesar Azpilicueta, who was clearly offside, and a stoppage-time Ruben Loftus-Cheek winner rescued Sarri’s team, who stay within touching distance of a place in next season’s Champions League.Asked how he had felt when the chants of “We want Sarri out” rang out from the visiting fans, Sarri said: “I don’t want to answer, but I can understand the reaction of the fans.“But it was probably best for them to wait until the end of the match.”Sarri insisted he wouldn’t let the supporters’ abuse drive him out of Stamford Bridge, although he may yet have that decision taken out of his hands if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League.“I am getting used to this and for me it’s not a big problem. I just have to work to change their opinion,” he said.“I want to stay here. When I arrived the team were 30 points behind Manchester City. I want to stay and improve results, but it is not easy work.“At the moment, there is a difference between Manchester City, Liverpool and us.”The victory keeps Chelsea in sixth place, but only a point behind fourth-placed Manchester United, and may also have emboldened Sarri to launch a staunch defence of his selection decisions.He began with both Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on the substitutes’ bench and failed to hand an appearance to in-form England teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.“Hazard cannot play 70 matches a season,” added Sarri. “Kante has played a lot of games and in every season there is a moment when you have to give players a rest.”– ‘We were lucky’ –Azpilicueta’s goal drew anger from Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and Sarri admitted his team had been fortunate that the linesman did not spot that the Chelsea skipper was in an offside position when a corner was flicked on by Marcos Alonso.“We were lucky with the first goal. But I think we deserved to win,” Sarri said.“I haven’t see the replay, but Neil told me he was sure he was offside by two yards.“He told me about the referee’s decision, but I can understand the situation.”Chelsea looked jaded for the opening 45 minutes and although it was goalless at half-time, they fell behind less than a minute after the re-start.A half-cleared throw-in allowed Harry Arter to set up Camarasa for a sweetly-struck half volley.Chelsea’s efforts to find an equaliser were thwarted by a resolute Cardiff until the 84th minute when Azpilicueta struck.Cardiff’s anger had hardly cooled by the time Loftus-Cheek stooped to head in a cross from Willian.The result leaves Cardiff five points from safety, although they do have a game in hand on Burnley above them and the two clubs face each other in a crucial fixture in a fortnight.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said Azpilicueta’s goal only reinforced the need for the introduction of VAR into the Premier League.“If anybody was in doubt before today, I think VAR has got to be the answer to help them out. VAR would have sorted the goal out within seconds,” Warnock said.“We’ve worked on things for the last three weeks and one of them is coming out at corner kicks and leaving a man i Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

140th Kentucky Derby could have 4 Pletcher horses

first_imgTodd Pletcher is going after the Kentucky Derby with numbers again.The trainer who has won the America’s greatest race once could saddle four horses. Little-known Mike Maker could have three starters, while three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert has two contenders.Art Sherman has just one. But it’s a really good one.California Chrome is expected to be the favorite for the 140th Derby next Saturday. The colt brings a four-race winning streak into Churchill Downs, having won those by a combined 24 ¼ lengths.“I’ve never had a horse that did that before,” said Sherman, who began training in 1980 after being a jockey for 21 years and later a racing official. “I just want my horse to have a fair shake at it and have good racing luck, and I’m sure hopeful for him. He’s a gutty little horse.”Pletcher knows something about luck.Four years ago, he ended a 0-for-24 skid when long shot Super Saver, one of four horses he entered, won under a rail-hugging ride by Calvin Borel. That was the year Pletcher had the favorite, Eskendereya, who was forced to drop out six days before the Derby with a leg injury. He also had the horse to beat in 2011, Uncle Mo, who was scratched with a stomach ailment on Derby eve.This year, Pletcher’s quartet is made up of Arkansas Derby winner Danza, Risen Star winner Intense Holiday, Spiral Stakes winner We Miss Artie and Vinceremos, who finished 14th in the Blue Grass.California Chrome will need some luck tangling with an expected full field of 20 horses for the 1 1/4-mile race at Churchill Downs. The final lineup won’t be known until Wednesday, when entries are drawn and post positions are assigned.Baffert’s ace is Hoppertunity, who won the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The colt will try to buck a Derby jinx that has no horse since Apollo in 1882 winning without racing as a 2-year-old.“You need a really good horse because you need a lot of luck,” said Baffert, who also has Sunland Derby winner Chitu.Maker’s trio of contenders is Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s in Trouble, General a Rod and Harry’s Holiday.“I think it’s going to be a very lively pace,” he said. “I feel my horses they can adjust to whatever the pace calls for.”Maker has had five previous Derby starters, including Hansen, who was ninth in 2012. Both he and Pletcher are former assistants to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Derby winner.Vicar’s in Trouble will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who will try to become the first female jockey to win the Derby. Her husband, Joe Sharpe, is an assistant to Maker.Last year, Napravnik rode Mylute to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby behind Orb and a third-place finish in the Preakness behind Oxbow. Those finishes were the best by a female rider in each race.Sherman is going for a bit of history himself.The 77-year-old could become the oldest trainer to win, surpassing Charlie Whittingham, who was 76 when Sunday Silence won in 1989.Graham Motion, who trained 2011 Derby winner Animal Kingdom, is back with Ring Weekend, who won the Tampa Bay Derby.Steve Asmussen trains Tapiture, the Southwest Stakes winner. He’s under investigation after an animal rights group alleged mistreatment by him and a former assistant. Asmussen’s nomination to the Racing Hall of Fame was put on hold last month in the wake of the allegations.This year’s road to the Derby trail claimed a number of contenders, including Constitution, who is trained by Pletcher, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day, who is trained by Baffert. Also knocked out with an injury was Cairo Prince. Another of Baffert’s horses, Midnight Hawk, was dropped from Derby consideration after finishing second in the Illinois Derby.For the second straight year, the field of 20 starters is being determined by points.Churchill Downs established a system that awards a sliding scale of points to the top four finishers in 34 designated races. The top 20-point earners earn a spot in the Derby starting gate.last_img read more