Four Individuals Charged $200K For Selling Phony Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credentials

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Four individuals have been charged for their respective roles in a conspiracy to sell phony Coast Guard merchant mariner credentials in Norfolk.

According to allegations in the unsealed indictment, Lamont Godfrey, 42, of Portsmouth, Eugene Johnson, 45, of Norfolk, Shunmanique Willis, 43, of Texas, and Alonzo Williams, 45, of Louisiana, acted in concert to create counterfeit certificates from the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (MAMA) and sell them to merchant mariners for a profit.

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https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/four-individuals-charged-200k-for-selling-phony-coast-guard-merchant-mariner-credentials/

Another MSC Gayane Crew Admits Of Involvement In The Largest Cocaine Bust In US History

Coast Guard offloads 34,780 pounds of cocaine in Port Everglades

United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Aleksandar Kavaja, 27, of the Balkan country Montenegro, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

In 2019, Kavaja, a crew member who worked on board the shipping vessel MSC Gayane as the ship’s electrician, conspired with others to engage in bulk cocaine...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/another-msc-gayane-crew-admits-of-involvement-in-the-largest-cocaine-bust-in-us-history/

MSC Gayane Crew Member Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Trafficking In One Of The Largest Drug Seizures In U.S.

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United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Vladimir Penda, 27, of the country of Montenegro, entered a plea of guilty before United States District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine on a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

In 2019, Penda, a crew member who worked onboard the shipping vessel MSC Gayane as the ship’s fourth engineer, conspired with others to engage in bulk...

https://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/msc-gayane-crew-member-pleads-guilty-to-cocaine-trafficking-in-one-of-the-largest-drug-seizures-in-u-s/

Train operator charged for derailing locomotive near USNS Mercy

A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles was arrested on federal charges for allegedly running a locomotive at full speed off the end of rail tracks near the hospital ship USNS Mercy, Tuesday afternoon.

Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro, was charged today in a criminal complaint with one count of train wrecking, data by US Department of Justice reveals.

According to the criminal complaint filed in US District Court, Moreno admitted that he intentionally derailed and crashed the train near the...

https://safety4sea.com/train-operator-charged-for-derailing-locomotive-near-usns-mercy/

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