Myrtle Beach criminal defense lawyer discusses huge drug bust on West coast. Over a ton of marijuana was seized and seven people arrested this week when U.S. border agents and a Blackhawk helicopter intercepted a sailboat and another small vessel in the ocean off California’s Santa Catalina Island, according to authorities. The LA times reports that four Mexican citizens on a panga boat carrying the drugs, were arrested along with three U.S. citizens on the sailboat. A loaded shotgun, a .40-caliber pistol and night vision equipment were also found.
“We are beginning to see this as a more common tactic: Smugglers attempting to move contraband from open hull panga boats to recreational vessels,” said the director of Marine Operations for CBP in San Diego. “The smugglers think that when the recreational vessel moves in to shore, it will blend in with legitimate boating traffic off of the Southern California coastline and make it much more difficult for us to detect illegal activity.”
According to the FBI, Mexico is the number one foreign supplier of marijuana in the United States. In fact, according to a 2008 report, marijuana is the top revenue generator for Mexican DTOs—a cash crop that finances corruption and the carnage of violence year after year. The profits derived from marijuana trafficking—an industry with minimal overhead costs, controlled entirely by the traffickers—are used not only to finance other drug enterprises by Mexico’s poly-drug cartels, but also to pay recurring “business” expenses, purchase weapons, and bribe corrupt officials.
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