Smugglers Busted By U.S. Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard have intercepted a massive $87 million worth of cocaine. Overall, they caught eight boats attempting to smuggle the class A drugs into the United States, the eight boats totaled to around eleven tons of cocaine.
Captain of the operation Stephan V. Burdain was unsurprisingly very happy with the bust, he said: “I have been continuously impressed with the drive, skill, pride and camaraderie that exists aboard Active.” Active was a cutter that was involved in the operation.
The ships that were involved in this record breaking mission are now safely docked in Port Angeles after being on the seas for 50 days, the nearly six week operation saw a vast number of law enforcement officers employed on the seas for the course of the mission.
The Coast Guard regularly intercept huge packages and come face-to-face with criminals almost on a daily basis. However, in December 2017, the guards found an unusual criminal smuggling the drugs in the form of a little turtle. The turtle was caught with just under 800kg of cocaine on them.
It is thought that the turtle was caught up in some sea rope which was where the 26 packages of drugs were kept. On the official Coast Guard Twitter page they announced that the turtle was released as it was determined that the turtle ‘did not have any useful information.’
A spokesman for the Coast Guard Mark Kerbs said: “The boat crew recovered 75 feet of line to prevent further entanglement of sea life and returned to the law enforcement mission recovering over 1,800 pounds of cocaine valued at over $53 million from international waters.”
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