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Friday May 24, 2013

Extreme Trafficking on High Seas: Nearly $1 Billion in Coke Seized Over Weekend

Extreme Trafficking on High Seas: Nearly $1 Billion in Coke Seized Over Weekend

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The U.S. Customs and Protection agency (CBP) was involved in stopping four cocaine smuggling attempts that yielded more than 10,000 pounds of coke with an estimated street value of $841 million in just one weekend. 

During the third weekend in May CBP disrupted these cocaine smuggling attempts being carried out on the Pacific and Caribbean seas. 

The first interception was on the Pacific Ocean on May 15th near Ecuador.  The drug bust involved seizing nearly 1,000 pounds of coke being transported on a speedboat.  On May 17, CGP was patrolling the Caribbean when a speedboat was spotted again this time near Panama.  The narco suspects when spotted starting dumping their contraband into the water.  Nearly 5,000 pounds of coke was seized. 

Later the same day another speedboat was spotted by CBP near Colombia where 2,200 pounds of coke were seized when the boat was overtaken.  On the Pacific high seas on the same day of May 17th another speedboat attempted to evade authorities believed to be coming from Colombia.  In this seizure 2,500 pounds of coke was seized.

During all of fiscal year 2012 CBP seized nearly $8.8 billion of coke weighing over 115,00 pounds.