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5 drug busts + 2 months = $135 million of cocaine Coast Guard Compass

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"What happened when a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and medium endurance cutter teamed up with a U.S. Navy frigate? A total of 168 bales of cocaine, worth more than $135 million, never made it on to the streets of America.

Occurring during a two-month period, the five separate interdictions were a result of Operation Martillo. Spanish for “hammer,” Operation Martillo, is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along Central America.

The first of the interdictions occurred with the USS Elrod, a 453-foot Navy guided missile frigate. The Elrod and an embarked Coast Guard law enforcement detachment team were on patrol in the Caribbean Sea March 20 when crewmembers located a fishing vessel. When the vessel was boarded, they found 18 bales of cocaine and detained four suspects who were transferred to law enforcement agents in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Exactly a month later, while still patrolling in the Caribbean, crewmembers aboard Elrod located a go-fast vessel. Altogether, crewmembers recovered 89 bales of contraband aboard the go-fast, later testing positive for cocaine.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Coast Guard Cutter Legare made two go-fast interdictions in a 48-hour period. A helicopter crew from the Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, or HITRON, spotted a go-fast vessel with three crewmembers aboard and bales on deck. Crewmembers from Legare were able to recover four bales and one kilogram of cocaine from the water.

“The ability of flight deck equipped ships combined with HITRON capabilities is a robust force multiplier in counternarcotics strategy,” said Cmdr. Kevin Carroll, commanding officer of Legare. “This well-matched combination of assets allows us to effectively and efficiently interdict drugs in the transit zone, far from U.S. shores.”

“Interdiction here, in the open ocean, is important because we’re preventing the drugs from ever reaching land where loads are typically dispersed into smaller shipments for transport via land borders and are more difficult to detect.”

Just five days later there was still time for one more drug bust as crewmembers aboard Elrod located another go-fast vessel. The Coast Guard law enforcement detachment team, attached to the Elrod, boarded the vessel, located 10 loose kilograms of cocaine and retrieved 57 bales of cocaine from the water. Five suspects were detained and later transferred to law enforcement agents in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to do well in the challenging drug interdiction mission but modern and more capable vessels are increasingly required to combat emerging threats.

The decades-old medium endurance cutters are slated for replacement by a new class of cutters – the offshore patrol cutter. With the ability to operate more than 50 miles from land, the offshore patrol cutter will be a multi-mission ship, providing pursuit boat and helicopter capabilities and interoperability with other military and federal partners.

It takes existing partnerships and dedicated crews to meet the demands of the drug interdiction mission. And whether crews interdict illicit cargo from the rising threat of drug subs, or find success interdicting drugs smuggled in via more traditional methods, their partnerships reap huge rewards in a safer more secure nation. "
Well, shows that our Coasties and Sailors are staying busy. Even though the War on Drugs may be considered a failure, at least this is another $135 Million that the drug cartels will not profit on. The USCG and USN should team up more often.
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Unfortunately, this probably amounts to less than 1%...
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Good for the Coast Guard and the Navy!

The problem with our war on drugs is that we have established that we cannot control the supply and we refuse to control the demand.
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Unfortunately, this probably amounts to less than 1%...
Probably, but every bit we stop helps right? Especially since most arrests and seizures daily are under an ounce, seizing 168 bales is great!


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True, but how do we stop the demand ? It seems being both strict, fierce, and punitive, and being "softer", more open, and lenient, have both failed to seriously stem demand.
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True, but how do we stop the demand ? It seems being both strict, fierce, and punitive, and being "softer", more open, and lenient, have both failed to seriously stem demand.
I think that we've been focused on punishment instead of treatment and actual prevention.

God love Nancy Reagan, you've gotta do a bit more than "Just Say No".
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I think that we've been focused on punishment instead of treatment and actual prevention.

God love Nancy Reagan, you've gotta do a bit more than "Just Say No".
Absolutely we have. Honestly, I feel we need to have both at the same time. Offer help, rehab, other such things in lieu of incarceration. However, at some point you may just have to say "Well, we tried" and send them to other punishments. I am a big fan of community corrections.

Just say no is similar to abstinence, you can preach it but we all know it isn't practical in the real world.
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Absolutely we have. Honestly, I feel we need to have both at the same time. Offer help, rehab, other such things in lieu of incarceration. However, at some point you may just have to say "Well, we tried" and send them to other punishments. I am a big fan of community corrections.

Just say no is similar to abstinence, you can preach it but we all know it isn't practical in the real world.
When the vast majority of our prisons are filled with people on drug related offenses, we have a problem. The amount of money we spend on incarceration is HUGE and in comparison, the money we spend on prevention and treatment is tiny.

Judges are stuck with mandatory sentencing guidelines because we wanted to "crack down" but the reality is that people spend more time in jail for drug offenses than other more serious crimes.

We must find some sort of solution as locking them up hasn't resolved the issue. We still have a high drug abuse population who continue to abuse in prison.
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When the vast majority of our prisons are filled with people on drug related offenses, we have a problem. The amount of money we spend on incarceration is HUGE and in comparison, the money we spend on prevention and treatment is tiny.

Judges are stuck with mandatory sentencing guidelines because we wanted to "crack down" but the reality is that people spend more time in jail for drug offenses than other more serious crimes.

We must find some sort of solution as locking them up hasn't resolved the issue. We still have a high drug abuse population who continue to abuse in prison.
Absolutely. In my personal opinion, i think we should be softer on users and come down with the wrath of God on dealers and cartels.

The only issue that we will have is losing the drug abuse problem without "condoning" drug use.
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Absolutely. In my personal opinion, i think we should be softer on users and come down with the wrath of God on dealers and cartels.

The only issue that we will have is losing the drug abuse problem without "condoning" drug use.
Sadly, this is where the people need to grow up. Just because the government permits something by minimal or nominal enforcement, doesn't mean you as a parent should let your children do it.

Raise your freaking kids.
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Sadly, this is where the people need to grow up. Just because the government permits something by minimal or nominal enforcement, doesn't mean you as a parent should let your children do it.

Raise your freaking kids.
Yeah but a lot of times parents (whether out of ignorance, lack of care, or just sneakiness), are unaware of what their kids are actually doing.

Raise our kids? We have television for that. Pfft, parenting.
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