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Coast Guard makes another big cocaine bust...

U.S. Coast Guard Unloads 10 Tons of Cocaine in Florida
Nov. 15, 2017 - The drugs were seized during 14 separate drug smuggling busts in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America.
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The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded nearly 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilos of heroin Tuesday at Port Everglades.

The drugs were seized during 14 separate drug smuggling busts in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America, authorities said. “This offload today is not just the result of one unit, but the combined efforts of multiple Coast Guard cutters, aircraft and support, as well as that of our partners and allied men and women who continue to work day and night to stop these criminal organizations from profiting off transnational crime and smuggling,” said Commander John McTamney.


Cocaine and heroin, seized during 14 separate drug smuggling busts, was offloaded at Port Everglades in Florida

The estimated wholesale value of the dope was $300 million, Coast Guard officials said. “While this offload represents approximately 10 tons of illicit drugs that will never hit our streets, it also represents a significant depletion to the cash flow to these criminal organizations,” he said.

The interdictions, including actual boarding of smugglers’ vessels, are led and conducted by the Coast Guard.

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Big El Paso drug bust...

1,638 Pounds of Pot, 37.5 Pounds of Cocaine Seized in 21 Busts Last Week, Just at El Paso
November 21, 2017 | - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 88.6 pounds of marijuana last Thursday -- in just one car.
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That drug bust was one of 21 seizures made during the seven-day period ending at midnight on Nov. 16. In that single week in the El Paso area, officers seized a total of 1,638 pounds of marijuana in 16 drug busts -- and 37.5 pounds of cocaine in another five drug busts. The 88.6-pound marijuana seizure happened last Thursday night when a 2000 Nissan Sentra, driven by a 33-year-old Mexican citizen, entered the Ysleta international crossing from Mexico. A drug-sniffing dog alerted CBP officers to the presence of marijuana, and officers said they found 80 marijuana-filled bundles in the trunk and engine compartment.


Drug bundles in engine compartment.

The Mexican driver was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents to face charges stemming from the failed smuggling attempt. “The drug smuggling threat remains consistent, and dedicated CBP officers are focused on stopping this illicit flow while facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso port director. CBP says on a typical day, it seizes 7,910 pounds of drugs at all U.S. ports of entry, based on Fiscal Year 2016 data.

In addition to drug smuggling, CBP officers also identified numerous violations in other areas, including agriculture enforcement. CBP agriculture specialists recorded 17 violations last week in the El Paso area, resulting in penalties of $3,475 being assessed. Prohibited agricultural items seized during the seven-day period included pork, pork chorizo, pork skins, bologna, raw chicken, guavas, potatoes, apples, kiwis, oranges, avocados, hawthorns, and pomegranates. Thirteen wanted criminals were arrested at El Paso area ports last week, in addition to other enforcement actions.

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Watch HIMARS Rockets Obliterate Taliban Drug Labs
November 22, 2017 - First the F-22. Now HIMARS? The U.S. military is turning to some serious firepower to go after Taliban drug labs in Afghanistan.
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U.S. and Afghan forces this week attacked Taliban opium-production facilities with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, which features a launcher mounted on an M1140 truck frame. As my colleague Oriana Pawlyk wrote in back-to-back stories here on DefenseTech, the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made F-22 Raptor on Sunday made its combat debut in Afghanistan.

But as Pawlyk reported, the stealthy fifth-generation, twin-engine fighter developed for air-to-air superiority conducted a ground-attack mission, pummeling suspected drug labs in the country with small diameter bombs. Similarly for the counter-narcotics mission, U.S. commanders turned to HIMARS, which is also made by Lockheed and carries a six-pack launcher or one MGM-140 ATACMS missile on the bed of a medium-duty truck.


U.S. and Afghan forces attacked Taliban opium-production labs with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), a launcher mounted on an M1140 truck frame

The technology seems to be increasingly versatile — the Navy and Marine Corps just last month test-fired the system from the deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD-23) to gauge its ability to conduct precision fires at a shore target. In that exercise, the HIMARS destroyed an unidentified land-based target from a distance of 70 kilometers, or roughly 43 miles, using a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary, or GMLRS-U.

It’s not immediately clear whether the F-22 and HIMARS strikes suggest an evolving counternarcotics mission for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is the world’s main source of opium and heroin production — and the Taliban generates an estimated $100 million to $155 million annually in illicit income from the drug trade, potentially more than a quarter of total Taliban annual revenue, according to a 2014 report by the Congressional Research Service.

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