Coast Guard drug seizures
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA- The U.S. Coast Guard says its seized more cocaine off the Pacific Coast of Latin America over ten months than it has in the past three years.
It amounts to 119,000 pounds. The Coast Guard says it now has a greater presence on the oceans after having to pull back its ships and boats two years ago to meet automatic federal budget cuts. The Coast Guard is the only U.S. military branch able to make drug arrests and seizures hundreds of miles offshore and the amount in drugs in the ten month period is more than one-billion dollars.
Authorities say drug traffickers are turning to the sea to get their drugs destined for the U.S. around tighter security on land.