Three Spanish border agents have been rescued by suspected drug smugglers after a vessel collision sent the officers into the water and left their boat running in an uncontrolled turn. In fact, as Spain’s Guardia Civil reported, on the morning of Friday, 4 October, a boat operated by Guardia Civil officers crashed with a RIB go-fast launch carrying four suspected drug traffickers, during an operation off the coast of Malaga.
The US Coast Guard published a video on July 18, chasing a smuggling boat that was transferring illegal drugs; The USCG members found 2,300 pounds of cocaine. In the video, the suspects are seen throwing some of their cargo in the sea, but the coast guard members manage to shalt the boat before they dispose all of the bales.
Spain’s Guardia Civil arrested six members of a hashish-smuggling gang during an operation on the Chafarinas Islands, off the coast of Ras Kebdana, Morocco. According to information, the gang allegedly used a boat as a semi-permanent staging base for smuggling, as well as 11 speedboats.
The video above shows the USCG Cutter Munro crew members that chase down a self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel (SPSS) on June 18, operating in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
On June 6 in port Everglades, Florida, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton offloaded about 26,000 pounds of seized cocaine and 1,500 pounds of seized marijuana. The cocaine is worth approximately $348 million, whereas the marijuana $1.6 million.
HMAS Ballarat, the Australian Navy frigate, seized more than 12.9 tonnes of hashish, 1.4 tonnes of heroin and a small amount of methyl amphetamines, with a combined worth of A$1.073 billion ($740 million). The hauls were seized in 10 separate seizure procedures; The last one took place on May 10, 2019.
Sub-Saharan Africa is about to face a large increase in illicit drug users globally. According to an an ENACT organized crime project, East Africa will see the most negative consequences, as in that region the number of people using drugs will be much more than other regions. African ports are key part of this trade, as many drugs are shipped from Africa to Europe.
While the US Coast Guard reports record-breaking interdictions at sea, recent counter-drug operations revealed a new tactic in how drug cartels are transporting the drugs close to shore, with new low-profile fast boats that are designed to evade radar. These vessels are slim boats with multiple engines and painted in pale colours, in order to make it difficult t be recognised.
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