The Caribbean and Eastern Pacific Ocean continue to take the cake for transporting illegal drugs.
On Friday the United States Coast Guard said that a crew “offloaded about 22 pounds of cocaine and 1,256 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $3 million at Base Miami Beach”.
In a statement, the Coast Guard said that the drugs seized are in keeping with its fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean.
They said that they have been glad to have been able to make an important contribution to the Coast Guard’s counterdrug mission.
Commander Ryan A Waters said, “I’m incredibly proud of the hardworking Vigorous crew’s proficiency, teamwork, and devotion to duty that enabled the detection, interdiction, and boarding of a vessel suspected of drug smuggling,”.
According to Coast Guard officials, “the fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean, and the transnational criminal organizations they are associated with, “requires a unity of effort in all phases; from detection and monitoring to interdiction and apprehension, and on to criminal prosecutions by international partners and US Attorneys’ Offices in districts across the nation.”
Adding, “detecting and interdicting illegal drug traffickers on the high seas involves significant interagency and international coordination.”
The statement also said that the Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Florida, conducts detection and monitoring of aerial and maritime transit of illegal drugs.