05/07/2021

$ 350 million of cocaine seized in the Pacific Ocean

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The US Coast Guard seized 26,000 pounds of cocaine with a total value of $ 350 million from a group of drug traffickers.
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After several operations carried out in the Pacific Ocean, the US Coast Guard seized 26,000 pounds of cocaine with a total value of $ 350 million from a group of drug traffickers.

In a video posted by the agency, you can see how on July 18, the suspects threw cocaine packages overboard while moving quickly in a boat. Causing a persecution with Coast Guard officers.

Through a statement issued on Friday, July 26, the Coast Guard said its officers apprehended drug traffickers and seized approximately 2,300 pounds of cocaine from the boat in which they were going.

The total amount of contraband was obtained from 6 operations of drug smuggling vessels. Also between the end of June and mid-July the authorities found packages of cocaine floating in the sea.

All seized drugs were discharged last Friday. “These were 26,000 pounds of cocaine that will not reach the streets of the United States, and it gives us the opportunity to ensure that we can continue fighting the transnational criminal organizations that transport this cocaine,” said Rear Admiral Peter Gautier of the Coast Guard.

To combat the entry of illegal narcotics to the US, the US Coast Guard has increased its presence in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Basin. These two areas are popular hotspots among drug dealers in Central and South America.

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