Coast Guardsmen offload approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 4,420 pounds of marijuana, interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo and Operation Unified Resolve worth an estimated wholesale value of $41 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney)

Here’s How the U.S. Coast Guard Helped Put El Chapo Away for Life

The sentencing Wednesday of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to life without parole in a U.S. prison proved supremely satisfying for the U.S. Coast Guard, whose drug interdiction operations provided a significant amount of evidence in the case.

Coast Guard officials said July 10 that the service’s counter-narcotics operations were highlighted by the prosecution during Guzman’s 11-week trial earlier this year, and several Coast Guardsmen served as witnesses.

“With the trial of this convicted leader of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel … you saw the impact of Coast Guard joint operations,” a senior Coast Guard law enforcement official said during a briefing with reporters.


Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 30 Years

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