Coast Guard seizes 17 tons of cocaine in eastern Pacific over 3 months
The U.S. Coast Guard seized around 35,000 pounds of cocaine during operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean over a three month period. The drugs, confiscated from 21 different fishing and speed boats off the coasts of South America, Central America, and Mexico, originated mostly in Colombia and were destined for the U.S. The estimated wholesale value of the seized narcotics is around $466 million USD. The Coast Guard’s commandant recently stated that over recent years, a total of 1.3 million pounds of cocaine has been seized and 1,200 traffickers arrested at sea.