Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard is carrying out Operation Martillo (Hammer), an effort by the government to slow down the import of illegal drugs, weapons and cash from Central America into the United States. The feds feel they have made a significant blow to dope suppliers from overseas with two recent seizures that netted the authorities close to $14 million in cocaine and marijuana. The Coast Guard showed their mountainous haul off for media to see recently.
The seizures came off the coasts of Panama and Colombia. The first occurred on May 22, near Colombia where the Colombian Air Force seized 14 bales of cocaine that were tossed from a “go-fast” boat. Five days later, a Coast Guard helicopter spotted a similar boat off the coast of Panama tossing packages over the side. The Coast Guard was able to recover 62 bales of marijuana and bust four people.
In total, 723 pounds of cocaine and 3,100 pounds of weed (worth about $13.7 million) were seized by the authorities. On Friday, Coast Guard personnel offloaded the bounty off of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant at the agency base on Miami Beach. The feds see this as a major victory that has made major progress in stopping the import of illegal contraband from Central America. A statement from Coast Guard commander said in a statement, “These individual seizures not only keep drugs off the streets and reduce the destabilizing effects they have on society, but they get our investigatory agencies one step closer to disabling the transnational criminal organizations that threaten the prosperity and security of free nations.”