Cocaine Trafficking During The 1970 ' S Essay

909 Words Apr 21st, 2016 4 Pages
During the 1970’s the Caribbean became a major transit area for cocaine trafficking from its main source, Colombia.The Caribbean-South Florida route continues to be active although it is currently used less than the Central America-Mexico route. I was in the U.S. Coast Guard, one of the Coast Guard’s missions is to stop the trafficking of illegal drugs from being smuggled past our borders. One of the patrols I was on was down in the Caribbean where I was able to participate in an interdiction. These people that run these drugs are very smart and know when to run the their load. The night that we were able to interdict this “go fast” boat there was very low light; it was the middle of the night and the moon was not present. These drug interdictions are only possible with the cooperation of multiple agencies sharing their intel. When every thing works out right the ship will be in the right place at the right time. The Coast Guard always has at least one asset in the area at all times, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. This presence is to deter trafficking as well as interdict the drugs that are trying to be moved into the United States. When the ship that I was on went on this patrol a few thing changed to be able to keep up with the potential threats. The hours of operation would shift because the time that the drug runners move their product is in the middle of the night when there is low light situations. We referred to this shift in hours a vampire hours, where the work…

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