April 11, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Customs and Border Protection "CBP Busts Net $1.3 Billion in Cocaine in One Week"

$1.3 billion.  Cocaine seized.  One week.  Read on for the rest of some very telling statistics.

"Washington — In three separate incidents in a one-week period, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3s operating out of National Air Security Operations Centers in Jacksonville, Fla. (NASOC-JAX) and Corpus Christi, Texas (NASOC-CC), assisted in the interdiction of a Self Propelled Semi-Submersible (SPSS) carrying close to 14,000 pounds of cocaine, and two go-fast vessels carrying more than 4,400 pounds of cocaine with a combined value of more than $1.3 billion.
On March 29, two P-3s operating in the Western Caribbean assisted the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) in locating and tracking a SPSS off the coast of Nicaragua. The crew scuttled the SPSS but authorities recovered 13,889 pounds of cocaine worth more than $1 billion.
On March 30, a P-3 operating in the Western Caribbean spotted a go-fast vessel carrying suspicious bales. The 40-foot twin-engine vessel was spotted speeding north off the coast of Panama and appeared to be carrying numerous packages when the Florida-based CBP P-3 began tracking the vessel. A local law enforcement patrol boat was vectored in to board the vessel and after inspection, 2,200 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $164 million were recovered.
On April 4, a P-3 conducting routine patrols in the Western Caribbean detected an open-hull go-fast vessel containing rectangular bales off the coast of Panama. Local law enforcement officials were called in to pursue, and after boarding the vessel, 2,200 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $164 million were seized and four crewmembers were arrested.
These three seizures are in addition to $1.3 billion detected by the CBP P-3s operating out of Jacksonville, Fla. and Corpus Christi, Texas in fiscal year 2012 to date.
During fiscal year 2011, the CBP P-3 fleet continued its anti-smuggling success by seizing or disrupting more than 148,000 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $11.1 billion, totaling 20.6 pounds seized for every flight hour, valued at $1.5 million for every hour flown.
CBP OAM P-3s have been an integral part of the successful counter-narcotic missions operating in coordination with the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATFS). The P-3s patrol in a 42 million-square mile area of the Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, known as the Source and Transit Zone, in search of drugs that are in transit towards U.S. shores. The P-3s’ distinctive detection capabilities allow highly-trained crews to identify emerging threats well beyond the land borders of the U.S. By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S., the P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws."

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mandy said...

What do people like Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder) and op columnist Johnny Boyd who loudly advocate the legalization of all drugs in the US think is going to happen to supply and demand from the drug cartel end?

Do they really believe that the drug cartels and terrorist organizations who supply all this are going to play nice-nice and limit supply to an amount that is considered "healthy" for rec users? That they are going to guarantee not one spec of this junk is going to fall into innocents hands?

If there is this much being seized on a very regular basis and we still have sweeping drug problems throughout the country, how much of it is not getting picked up and is slipping through? How much would be pumped in if they had no constraints and it was all legalized?

I've always thought the arguments for legalizing drugs were ridiculous with no substance at all. I still think that but now after watching these regular numbers pour in on statistics think that any politician that is supportive of legalizing drugs needs to be removed from office. How could there possibly be anything more irresponsible than that kind of philosophy?

staple said...

Come on, mandy. Polis is the guy from Boulder. What side of the drug talk do you expect him to be on? suit up, girl. game on tomorrow even if it snows. nanny, maybe stop posting these alerts of yours for awhile. I'm starting to get depresses.

mandy said...

Suit up for what? Listen to him and his comments today. What's wrong with you?

hammerandnails said...

lol. probably grass polo 2 rivers. he's ok. cut him loose for vacation a few days early and gave him his vacay check. he's just out being happy.

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