Coast Guard seizes $360M of co­caine

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - – New York Daily News

MI­AMI BEACH – The U.S. Coast Guard on Fri­day off­loaded 27,000 pounds of co­caine worth about $360 mil­lion in Mi­ami Beach after in­ter­cept­ing 12 ves­sels sus­pected of smug­gling drugs through the Eastern Pa­cific Ocean.

The mas­sive co­caine load was con­fis­cated off the coasts of Mex­ico and other coun­tries in Cen­tral and South Amer­ica. The op­er­a­tions took place from Jan­uary to March, Vice Ad­mi­ral Daniel Abel, Coast Guard deputy com­man­dant for op­er­a­tions, said on Fri­day.

Abel thanked sev­eral law en­force­ment agen­cies, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional ones, for com­ing to­gether to seize the drug “in bulk form.”

“If you catch it by the tons, you do not have to chase it by the ki­los in the streets of Mi­ami, Los An­ge­les and New York,” he said.

Abel said each met­ric ton is es­ti­mated to spur 30 to 40 vi­o­lent mur­ders in the host na­tion.

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