The Coast Guard arrested a Canadian national last week for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 200 gallons of liquid methamphetamine, according to the Department of Justice.
While on routine patrol April 9, Coast Guard Cutter Alert spotted a U.S.-flagged sailing vessel traveling north about 225 nautical miles from Newport, Oregon, the Justice Department said. When Coast Guard personnel tried to communicate with the boat’s sole occupant, 65-year-old John Phillip Stirling, he “went below deck and would only respond via VHF radio.”
According to DoJ:
Stirling stated he did not have vessel documentation and refused to produce identification. Upon further questioning,
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