As part of an on-going counter-drug investigation named Operation Martillo, the United States Navy has seized seven thousand five hundred pounds of cocaine and three hundred twenty pounds of marijuana. More recently, ninety-million dollars worth of cocaine was seized in South and Central America during the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 16, 2012.
Military crew and officers aboard the USS Nicholas confiscated the illicit substances that were seized while being offloaded at Mayport; military officials later brought the drugs to Florida.
In total, over the last six months, as a result of a combined effort by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Patrol, seven thousand five hundred pounds of cocaine and three hundred twenty pounds of marijuana has been intercepted and confiscated.
In fact, a total of six interdictions and disruptions were conducted during the deployment.
Most deployments and undercover anti-drug operations conducted by the U.S. military occur close to Colombia and Panama; as a result, more than a billion dollars worth of drugs have been taken off the streets in the United States.
According to sources, the most recent anti-drug seizure conducted by the U.S. military, at Mayport, resulted in a capture of enough cocaine to fill 7.2 million packets of sugar. It is believed that the black market value is upwards of three to four times that amount.
A typical operation goes as follows: Navy and Customs and Border Protection locate the boats that they suspect the illicit substances are on. Soon after, tactical boardings of ships are conducted to seize drugs by the Coast Guard’s Law Enforcement Detachment Team. Lastly, United States Coast Guard conducts all the law enforcement aspects of the operation.
In the most recent seizure at Mayport, patrol planes based at Cecil Field located the boats shipping the drugs. Meanwhile, a Jacksonville helicopter crew assisted in the seizure.
The United States Navy has reported that most of the narcotics [more than 80%] that enter Central America and transition through Mexico are en route to the United States for sale and distribution. Apparently, these illegal batches of drugs enter the United States through what are referred to as maritime littoral routes; the main conveyances are go-fast boats.
The goal of the United States is to keenly inspect the littorals and deny the transnational organized crime networks route entrance by teaming up with allied forces and regional partner nations.
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