Tuesday, July 17, 2018

US Coast Guard lands 7,800 kg of Cocaine

The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast offloaded approximately 7,800 kilograms (Over 8.5 tons, 17,000 pounds) of cocaine, worth nearly $260-million wholesale.
More than 5,000 kilograms seized by Steadfast’s crew was recovered from one panga-type fishing boat.

The smugglers dumped their cocaine load and evaded capture following a high-speed chase but their trail of cocaine bales is one of the largest loads to be intercepted from a single small vessel in years.
Cocaine and heroin seizures have hit record highs reflecting increases in supply, according to the 2018 World Drug report.
In March the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf offloaded more than 36,000 pounds of cocaine.