Multi-Agency Strike Force Operation at the Port of Guam

by LT Jonathan R. Girot
USCG Sector Guam

APRA HARBOR, Guam — Coast Guard Sector Guam partnered with local and federal agencies during a Multi-Agency Strike Force Operation (MASFO) that took place at the Port of Guam Wednesday and Thursday.

The mission was conducted in an effort to enhance the safe movement of cargo while deterring and detecting contraband moving through the port.

The operation resulted in 156 containerized cargo inspections, 57 vehicle inspections, and 69 Transportation Worker Identification Credentials checks, 57 U.S. Department of Agriculture brown tree snake inspections and seven narcotic sweeps; resulting in a detention of six containers and eight total deficiencies. A total of 109 agents, officers, and inspectors participated in this enforcement operation totaling 650 staff-hours.

The operation brought together 15 regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
- U.S. Coast Guard
- U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service
- U.S. Coast Guard Container Inspection Training and Assistance Team
- Transportation Security Administration
- Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Customs and Quarantine Agency
- Guam Police Department
- Port Authority of Guam’s Port Police and Safety Division
- Federal Bureau of Investigations
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
- U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal
- Homeland Security Investigations

The Department of Public Works and the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided offsite assistance.

The primary objective of the MASFO was to ensure compliance with federal and territorial regulations pertaining to the safe shipment of cargo. The MASFO effort comprised multiple inspection teams located within the Port of Guam and outside the truck grate on Route 11 screening both inbound and outbound cargo. Leveraging the jurisdictional authorities of each agency, the interagency teams inspected freight containers and vehicles ensuring compliance with both international and domestic regulatory codes as well as Customs and Quarantine Agency and territorial regulations.

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