Drug War On the High Seas

Battling the smugglers.

Drug War On the High Seas: Behind the Coast Guard’s Billion-Dollar Busts


The thwap, thwap, thwap of a rotor’s blades is the first indication that the smugglers are screwed. Out in the Pacific, 200 miles southwest of Guatemala, three Ecuadorean men look up to see an orange helicopter locked onto their 35-foot boat. If successful, their weeklong drug run would have netted each of them a year’s income. Instead, they now start heaving $25 million worth of cocaine overboard.

“Typical Ecuadorean-style panga,” Lieutenant Commander James Terrell announced when the boat was first spotted that morning. “There’s no reason for it to be in that area.”

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Source: mensjournal.com

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