After one of the biggest drug busts of its kind in history, the US Coastguard misplaced 4,000 pounds of cocaine. The agency raided a makeshift submarine off the coast of California, and allegedly seized over 16,000 pounds of cocaine from the vessel, but returned to shore with only 12,000 pounds.
“After removing 12,000 pounds of the narcotics aboard, the crew of Stratton attempted to tow the vessel to shore as evidence. However, the semi-submersible began taking on water and sank.”
Later, Coast Guard representative Charles W. Ray called the mission a success and paid no mention to the lost cargo.
“Our success intercepting this drug-laden, self-propelled semi-submersible is a testament to the collaboration of our partner agencies and demonstrates the importance of our increased presence in the Western Hemisphere. Every interception of these semi-submersibles disrupts transnational organized crime networks and helps increase security and stability in the Western Hemisphere,” Ray said.
According to the Coast Guard, the submarine was discovered by US Navy aircraft when it was over 200 miles south of the US border with Mexico. They tracked the vessel until it got closer to the shore, at which point they seized the boat and everything on it. Four suspected smugglers were arrested in the raid and the agency estimates that $181 million dollars worth of cocaine was confiscated.
They claim that the “lost” 4,000 pounds remained inside of the submarine as they were attempting to bring it back to shore, but it allegedly sank. However, the large amount of missing contraband, which the Coast Guard claims has sunk 13,000 feet under water, is highly suspicious. When they later released video of the confiscation there was absolutely no evidence that the boat sank.
The war on drugs is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. There are mountains of evidence proving that the biggest importers of harmful, addictive, mind diminishing street drugs is the government. The drug laws that exist do not apply to the government agencies that bring these substances to our country. They are only designed to keep everyone else from this extremely lucrative business and give the establishment another reason to oppress people.
We have seen this all before during alcohol prohibition, where the government, law enforcement, and organized crime were all working together and making an unbelievable amount of money in the black market. When black markets are created the crime rate goes up, taxes go up, prices go up and the police become more corrupt; all of this is inevitable. These are in fact the very consequences that any type of prohibition intends to create.
To solve these problems, all that we have to do is end all prohibitions which would cripple the black market and drastically reduce violence. This would also drastically reduce the reach of police and the state, in general, which is why it is looked at as such an impossibility. Drug laws don’t do anything to prevent drug problems in our society, they only encourage violence, raise prices and criminalize half of the population.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.