Earlier this week, a vessel docked in the Port of San Diego carrying a cargo of nearly nine tons of Cocaine, representing a street-value of at least a quarter-billion dollars. The good news: the ship was the Coast Guard cutter USS Steadfast returning from a two-month patrol. The narcotics were captured, along with some smugglers, during the maneuvers.
Some unnamed sources stated that the Steadfast, which had been on duty with the cutter Alert, was allowed to return earlier than the scheduled mission-end because it no more cargo capacity. One intercept alone captured 12,000 pounds of drugs---the largest from a single raid in 13 years. The Alert was said currently to be carrying almost three tons of confiscated drugs in its own right.
Both ships are based in the Columbia River District at Warrenton, Oregon.
The year 2018 has been witnessing a surge in US Coast Guard victories over gangs' and terrorists' attempts to smuggle narcotics into the country. In 2017, the USCG intercepted almost a half-million pounds of Cocaine total. These seizures represent the changed attitude of the federal bureaucracy under Trump. In January, Coast Guard crews brought a haul of 47,000 pounds to San Diego. In March, a huge seizure led to a 36,000 pound booty. And these are just the larger hauls.
Commander Alain Balmaceda of the Steadfast told the San Diego Union-Tribune that his crew is the most motivated he's seen in a long time. "I continue to be impressed by the dedication and tenacity of our cutters, and the difficult, dangerous missions that they complete." Yes, it does make a difference when the Government actually supports what law enforcement does.
It's interesting that, despite these successes, the US Media outside of the San Diego area hasn't a word to say about it. During the Obama Administration, they were equally silent about the Fat Leonard Scandal which implicated Pentagon officials in possible drug smuggling. The Trump Administration wrapped up that scandal too; and indicted several culpable parties.
In fact, the Media has been silent not only about Trump winning the Drug War and the Gang War; they are infuriated beyond belief that Trump has also ended the Obama-instigated Cold Wars with Russia, China, and North Korea. The Media and the other DNC slime would like us to return to the Obama/Clinton Era when we were at risk of atomic annihilation while drug-pushers and international terrorists could enter the country unabated. While Trump is dealing with real problems, the nutcases on the Left think that they can abolish Biology.
Cocaine is a very potent stimulant that is extremely addictive. Withdrawal from the drug causes erratic behavior---mostly a depressive state that needs another dose to reverse it. People on Cocaine build a tolerance and need ever-increasing doses to relieve their cravings. Often Cocaine is processed into stronger forms like Crack, Crank, Rock Candy, etc. Long-term effects can include respiratory failure and mental disease. In spite of the depressive effects of withdrawal, addicts will turn often turn violent to get another dose. The term 'drug fiend' was coined during the 1920's specifically for Cocaine users.
In recent years, police have discovered several cases of Cocaine laced with the deadly Opioid, Fentanyl. During the period 2014-2016, Cocaine overdose deaths doubled in the US.
But with the revamped efforts of the Coast Guard, that pipeline may be closed off soon.