Soaring cocaine seizures
Greater maritime presence for CG reaps rewards.
Cocaine Seizures Off Latin America’s Pacific Coast Soar
by MARLON RAMTAHAL
The U.S Coast Guard has seized more cocaine off Latin America’s Pacific coast over the past 10 months than in the past three years combined, according to the federal government.
The agency and its partners have seized 119,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1.8 billion so far this year. While at sea, the Stratton, one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of new national security cutters, seized more than 66,500 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1 billion. According to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates, that amounts to approximately 33 million lines of cocaine, or 336 million hits of crack.
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