Posted By Old Guard2 on 14 Sep 2017 04:14 PM
My ex was an MST... he did boardings. If a ship pulled into Kodiak and it hadn't been inspected in a while, he would board the ship. He has made arrests, he has seized drugs, weapons, he has kept ships tied up. So yes, they do SOME of that. It is not part of their daily mission but they can do these things.
Not to say this can't happen, but the structure has changed since then. MST's are assigned to Sectors or MSU's, where they do container inspections, Port State inspections, and pollution response