Idiotic. THEY said it was a safety inspection! Is it OK for the local police to barge into your home and search it if they say they are there to check the fire safety code. NO!
If they are looking for drug dealers they should say they are looking for drug dealers at boarding time. Is that even legal? I doubt it.
This is evident in the statment from the article: addition to trying to ensure the safety of boats on the bay during the holiday weekend, Warren said,the operation was part of an effort to increase the public's awareness of the Coast Guard's role as a law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security.
I'd say they got their message across.