There is about to be a hike in the price of that powder out west. The U.S. Coast guard seized 14 tons of cocaine in San Diego, just some of the haul in busts its recently made on drug smugglers from Central and South America.
Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Navy gathered on a San Diego dock Thursday, as the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell unloaded more than 14 tons of cocaine. The drugs, with an estimated street value of $424 million, were taken in 19 separate seizures in drug transit zones near Central and South America.
Video from the Coast Guard shows bundles of the drugs being taken off the ship by a crane and a conveyor belt.
The Coast Guard says the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30, is already the most successful since 2009 for drug seizures. The total amount of cocaine taken for the fiscal year so far is reported to be 28 tons, worth more than $848 million. Authorities say 101 smugglers have also been apprehended.
But why do we have the feeling that these drugs cartels are only sneaking plenty more coke onto U.S. soil and treating these losses as a cost of the business?
Either way, someone’s team is going to pay a heavy price for losing all that work.
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