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In 2016, OPBAT operations in the Bahamas led to 91 arrests and the seizure of approximately 1,543 kilograms (kg) of cocaine, 4.45 metric tons of marijuana, and $687,142 in currency.
"When a helicopter crew makes a precautionary landing, it is always for the safety of the crew," said Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Kellison, the OPBAT maintenance officer at the air station.
The DEA coordinated the operation with the Department of Defense and law-enforcement officials from the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to prevent drugs being smuggled through the 100,000 square miles of water surrounding 700 islands that encompass the OPBAT area of operations.
The continued efforts of this lead agency in local OPBAT operations against corruption within its service will undoubtedly strengthen relationships among OPBAT participants.
Since Hurricane Ike destroyed the original Great Inagua aircraft hangar in 2008, USCG helicopters have temporarily operated out of the Turks and Caicos Islands, as part of its participation in OPBAT.
The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has been a stalwart ally against illegal narcotics trafficking, primarily through Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) led multiagency and international drug interdiction effort established in 1982 to stop the flow of cocaine and marijuana through The Bahamas to the United States.
The Bahamas cooperates extensively with the United States on counternarcotics measures, including interdiction efforts through Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a multinational interdiction effort, and efforts that target Bahamian drug trafficking organizations.
Cumulative OPBAT statistics through the 4th quarter of Fiscal
In 2010, The GCOB continued to participate in Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), a multiagency international drug interdiction effort established in 1982 to stop the flow of cocaine and marijuana through The Bahamas to the U.
Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT)--OPBAT is the largest and oldest cooperative effort overseas by any government involved in drug enforcement.
Government, including participating in Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Island (OPBAT), to stop the flow of illegal drugs through its territory.
Participating in Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Island (OPBAT), the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (GCOB) cooperates closely with the USG to stop the flow of illegal drugs through its territory, to target Bahamian drug trafficking organizations, and to reduce the Bahamian domestic demand for drugs.
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