Miami, Florida – The vast Caribbean waters and islands are zero in the Coast Guard’s efforts to stem the tide of cocaine flooding in the United States. Has increased a lot. The guards forced the smugglers to find other routes in the country.
About 37,000 pounds of cocaine were seized in 2019, according to Coast Guard figures obtained by CBS News. A year later, the amount reached about 7 127,000. More than 132,000 pounds have been seized this year.
“It’s a constant game of cat and mouse,” said Tony Salisbury, who heads the Homeland Security investigation team in Miami. “Drug trafficking organizations, cartels, they are always on the lookout for the easiest entry points.”
Coast Guard teams train tirelessly to intercept drug-carrying boats, and the most dangerous seizures include the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team. Confiscated drugs end up in a heavily packed, secret location where cocaine costs millions.
The rise in the Caribbean comes as the United States faces a record number of deaths from fentanyl and a new opioid strain, Natazine, which is thought to be even more deadly.
“We have to try to stop it, you know, from getting this poison on the streets,” Salisbury said.