Letter to the editor: Drug smuggling surge

Posted 5/6/20

 

During the war with Vietnam, the U.S. Coast Guard was very successful at denying enemy forces a maritime route for getting soldiers, ammunition etc. to communist forces in South …

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Letter to the editor: Drug smuggling surge

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During the war with Vietnam, the U.S. Coast Guard was very successful at denying enemy forces a maritime route for getting soldiers, ammunition etc. to communist forces in South Vietnam.
Today’s US Coast Guard is fighting a different kind of smuggler.
Recently, the USCG reported a deployment that, with the aid of the US Navy and other agencies, interdicted ten tons of cocaine in two months! This quantity of cocaine stopped, dwarfs most US law enforcement drug interdictions (No disrespect intended).
Recently, the USCG reported a deployment that interdicted a staggering 9 tons of cocaine that will never arrive on America’s streets.
On 11 July 2019, after a dramatic at sea boarding, the USCGC Munro reported having interdicted 19.5 tons of cocaine, and close to a 1,000 pounds of marijuana!
The list of these huge interdictions could go on for pages…
Yet… Former U.S, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft reported, though the Coasties have “80 percent awareness” of all illegal operations, “we can only act on about 20 percent of that because of the resource constraints we have. We’re giving 60 percent of what we know, literally, a free pass…”
Let’s pray, the push to increase military spending, includes expansions to the U.S.C.G. Thank you, Bravo Zulu, Semper Paratus, and God Bless – U.S. Coast Guard!
Terry Hodson,
Golden

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