$239M Worth Of Cocaine Seized In The Pacific

DRUG Bust – $239M Worth Of WHAT?!

Last month, officials confiscated more than 18,000 lbs of cocaine from 6 distinct drug smuggling incidents. The substance was unloaded in San Diego, California.

Reports show that the cocaine is worth more than $239 million on the market. In November, two U.S. Coast Guard vessels retrieved it from the waters off the shores of Central America, Mexico, and South America, according to a press statement from the Coast Guard.

The new leaders of the Beltrán Leyva organization, which was formerly a dominant drug cartel in Mexico, were charged in eight indictments released on Wednesday in San Diego and other cities. The accusations describe a vast operation, including the trafficking of drugs.

Sanctions were issued against fifteen Mexican nationals for their alleged participation in the administration of the Beltrán Leyva organization by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which occurred concurrently after the unsealing of the indictments. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said that nine of those individuals were among the thirty-nine Mexican nationals identified in the three San Diego unsealed charges.

The other indictments announced in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., included 31 individuals.

The event follows the discovery of the heaviest haul of more than 5,500 pounds on a narco-submarine on November 20th.

A report shows that the most recent interception of a semi-submersible vessel was significant since it was the first such interdiction in the Eastern Pacific in over three years.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection records show that over 40 tons of cocaine were confiscated so far in 2023. After marijuana and methamphetamine, this substance was the third most confiscated.

The Coast Guard was commended by Tara McGrath, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, for their assistance in the seizure of the narcotics.

The importance of preventing this amount of cocaine from entering our streets is undeniably monumental, according to McGrath. Cartels will lose hundreds of millions in cash, and fewer individuals will have access to this poison.