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13 men charged for series of cocaine busts off San Diego’s coast
As many as 13 Latin Americans were charged recently in connection with four separate drug busts that saw the United States Coast Guard seizing nearly 11,000 pounds of cocaine from vessels at sea during May-June 2017. The accused men, mostly Ecuadorians and Colombians, were charged on June 23 with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
The series of the major drug busts began with the seizure of 2,160 pounds of cocaine on May 23, after an air patrolling crew of Coast Guard spotted a boat near the coast of the Guatemala-El Salvador border. A day later, the second bust was made off the coast of Mexico’s Chiapas state, confiscating roughly 1,995 pounds of cocaine. On Jun 5, authorities recovered another 1,611 pounds of the drug in a go-fast boat northwest of the Galapagos Islands. In the last bust, Coast Guard cutter Waesche intercepted a 55-foot-long vessel off the coast of the Mexico-Guatemala border, seizing 5,550 pounds of cocaine.
America’s cocaine love on the rise
As the nation’s war against drugs remains predominantly centered around the rampant heroin and opioid epidemic, old skeletons in the closet are making a comeback. It is evident that the emergence of cocaine is fueled by a growing demand nationwide. Studies show that after years of strict control, since 2013, Colombia’s illegal coca crop is starting to appear on America’s streets. Nevertheless, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia are the largest cocaine producers in the world, and there is no doubt that the U.S. is the biggest consumer of cocaine worldwide.
In fact, the U.S. State Department expressed its concerns over the increasing use and availability of cocaine in its annual report on the global narcotics trade. Studies show that some of the world’s deadliest narcotic-trafficking organizations operate an extensive network in Colombia. As a part of their modus operandi, cocaine cartels generally ship large consignments from Colombia, to Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala or other transit points in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti, from where they make their way into the United States.
The Central American-Mexican corridor along the Pacific coast is the most preferred route to ship cocaine into the country because of a lack of government oversight. Most traffickers now have sufficient money to invest in state-of-the-art contraband equipment to secretly ship huge quantities of cocaine to the United States.
Researchers say that using cocaine even once can induce drastic changes in the brain’s reward system, which could lead to dependence. In due course of time, the reward circuit adjusts to the excess dopamine rush triggered by the drug. As a result, those dependent on the drug develop tolerance and end up taking stronger doses. Cocaine is known to hijack normal memory function, causing difficulties for those who have used it to think about anything else.
There are surveys that indicate cocaine is the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the U.S. after marijuana, which causes the maximum number of emergency room visits nationwide.
Battle against addiction
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana, cocaine, meth or any other substance, seeking early treatment becomes imperative. The San Diego Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you get the best addiction treatment program and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 619-567-2107 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.