Drug Smugglers

This photo taken Jan. 28, 2014, shows the crew of a 45 foot Coast Guard patrol boat runs through their pre-departure briefing in San Diego harbor in San Diego. Once the vessel exited the harbor area it encountered a dense fog. With the drug war locking down land routes across Latin America and at the U.S. border, smugglers have been increasingly using large vessels to carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Seafaring drug smugglers challenging Coast Guard

SAN DIEGO (AP) — While security has tightened at the U.S. border, drug smugglers are increasingly turning to the high seas. The area where boats were seized off California and the northwest coast of Mexico […]



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