Last year, though falling short of its quota, the US Coast Guard seized more tons of cocaine than it ever has before. This record is due to an increasing supply of coke being shipped out to satisfy the vast number of coke users throughout the world. There have already been huge cocaine seizures this year, which may mean that last year’s record will be broken. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), along with other bodies, has added a significant amount to 2016’s tally, after seizing 993 kilos of blow in Southern Florida, yesterday.
ICE was joined by the Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami office, the DEA, Customs & Border Protection and other outfits that make up the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force. The weight (993 kilos of coke in 37 bales) was intercepted approximately 95 nautical miles south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The load is estimated to be worth a whopping $105 million on the street.
Four men were arrested in connection with the seizure. According to ICE’s website, “The four individuals detained in conjunction with the seizure are allegedly members of a drug trafficking organization responsible for the importation of multikilograms of cocaine to the United States through Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.”
“We focus our investigative and enforcement efforts to interdict these narcotic smuggling ventures long before they reach our shores,” explained acting special agent in charge of HSI Miami Robert C. Hutchinson. “We work very closely with our many law enforcement partners to achieve results, like last week’s seizure and arrests.”
The investigation is ongoing.