Coast Guardsmen stationed on the Cutter Sherman from Honolulu search a suspected drug smuggling vessel following a three-hour chase 270 miles south of Guatemala in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on July 27, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Aaron Moshier)

Coast Guard in the Thick of it as Seaborne Narcos Flock to U.S.

During fiscal year 2018, which ended September 30, the US Coast Guard intercepted just over 458,000 pounds of cocaine. That was the second most in a year on record, behind fiscal year 2017, when 493,000 pounds were seized, which topped the previous record of 443,000 pounds in fiscal year 2016.

“The Coast Guard has interdicted more than … 1.3 million pounds of illicit cocaine in the last three years, and that rolls up to be about $18 billion of wholesale value on American streets,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz said Thursday aboard the cutter James, which was offloading nearly 38,000 pounds of cocaine seized in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The pursuit of traffickers on the high seas, working with other US agencies and international partners, was part of what Schultz described as a “push-out-the-border strategy” to target the smuggling process at the point when the loads were the largest and most vulnerable.

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