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Coast Guard “Loses” 4,000 Pounds Of Cocaine After One Of The Biggest Busts In History

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.

In a press release issued this week, the Coast Guard said that:

“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.

  • Someone is going to make lots of money.

  • They lost it to the CIA. Start looking for it in L.A., Miami and Boston.

  • “Lost” it… yeah, right..

    Tired of GOVERNMENT investigating themselves only to find they did nothing wrong…. ever? ‘Like’ + Share + Comment (even 2 words)

  • that’s the months supply for the local cops sorted then??

  • probably resold and they made a nice profit!

  • discount onthe streets!!!

  • Sold to the highest bidder

  • lost my arse they confiscate it and re distrubute it back on the streets the government aint having lowely drug dealers making millions so they lock them up steal their gear and sell it themselves pablo escobar had fuck on on the government for drug dealing

  • robbed

  • Yo they have the shit that’s what they do

  • Yeah rite lost my ass to.lol

  • “4000 pounds” of cocaine, where the hell did i put it….. just can’t remember oh my memory isn’t exactly what it use to be……..yeah right………

    • well if it was in the UK there would be a good chance george osbourne out chancellor probably stuck it up his nose the fuckin coke head

  • Gotta keep the WAR on drugs going after all, many States are legalizing pot and that was a MAJOR revenue generator for the government.

  • THAT’S THE ILLUMINATI FOR YOU.

  • The runner whose delivery man make those coastguard lost these shipment, for ‘umpromto change story’ settlement, they need something for return. Keep Wonder what were that be.

  • They lost it to an ABC posse… the original owners… rhymes with pee pie pay…

  • More like they sold it! U.S. Govt is the biggest dealer in the Biz… #wakeup

  • Redistribution for the war on drugs. What a colossal waste of $.

  • Not lost.

  • 1) this story is what… 6-7 months old? Or older?
    2) they made the bust on a tiny skiff, they had to haul the rest of the coke in the boat they busted, and the 4000 lbs sunk in that semi-sub boat they were hauling. It’s not some conspiracy theory you’re trying to make it into.

    I am as big of a skeptic there is. I hate the authoritarian society we live in. But you need to stop this bullcrap, half-assed attempt at creating stories that aren’t their, free thought project. You’re losing credibility with this garbage. And spreading lies just like msm and the government.

    • Gullible much?

    • Do you have proof that it sank and was lost?

    • Explain. Because if I understand the definition of “gullible” like I think I do, the people that gobble up this garbage fed to them without questioning it would be the gullible ones.

    • I question everything my friend.

    • Dylan, of course not. I did hear about this story about a week before it was public. A very close friend was stationed with the crew that made the bust down in central America. He told me they lost part of the bust due to the boat sinking. He is an MP, has basically no classified clearance. So to me, his story along with what was reported is enough for me to believe. Not everything is a conspiracy/cover up.
      But you believe what you want to believe.

    • My “explain” response was to Mike DaPunk, not you Dylan Yilmaz Tanner. I started that comment before I saw yours.

    • None of us, including the gov’t, have any proof of anything in this story. So it’s up to each individual to decide what to believe. However, FTP has been getting worse and worse about spreading their own propaganda which is equally as bad as government propaganda when it comes to searching for the truth.

    • Lol this guy is either a troll or some how actually believes 4,000 lbs of coke is “lost” when government has admitted on record, yes we ship the drugs in and distribute them so we can have complete control over the drug trade and those who are involved in it. They also admitted to using one gang or “organization to take out the rest of the others and then have total control over just the one that’s left standing.

    • A very close friend….okay. COP

    • This dude just thinks he’s smart, like ahead of the curve. Standard American buffoon

    • There are no MPs in the coast guard.

    • Just saying

    • there ya go ….. ruining another good story with the facts….. dammit, how we suppose to keep idiots pissed off if you keep telling the truth all the time.

    • He’s not in the coast guard. He’s in navy reserves.

      He is a cop. But I’ve talked him into going back to school and getting a real job.

    • Most of you idiots think you’re skeptics or truth seekers, but you’re search for the truth ends at whatever sites like this tell you. You’re just as bad as those that believe everything fox news, CNN and msmbc tell them. Just because you follow a black sheep news outlet doesn’t mean you’re not sheep.

    • When government admits on record that we ship the drugs in and distribute them so we can have complete control over the drug trade and those who are involved in it. While also admitted to using one gang or “organization” to take out the rest of the others and then have total control over just the one that’s left standing. I believe them. Unfortunately what they don’t tell you is how much they are profiting. But who cares when we have been printing paper money not backed by anything for over a decade to the tune of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of trillions. Total world debt is estimated to be over $800 trillion, total world gdp $70 trillion, let that sink in.

    • Shawn Gilbert I thoroughly agree with you Shawn. Very well articulated.

    • Agreed. But think about all the drugs the confiscate year round. What do they do with those thousands and thousands of pounds of drugs? They don’t just sit in a warehouse forever. 4000lbs is a drop in the bucket compared to what they pull in. Just because they’ve admitted to trafficking, doesn’t mean they made this 4k dissappear just so they can sell it. They have plenty to sell.

    • Shawn is too wishy washy and back tracks…mp…mary quickly called him on cop…lol…now he says the government has plenty to sell so they can afford to lose it….they misplace..they do not lose. The government is crooked and its actions have brought the people to a place of resentment and disrespect…so many lies now exposed..the american people are aware now…at least some

    • Hahaha! I haven’t back tracked on anything lol! He is an MP in the Navy reserves. Navy reserves means he is not in the military full time. Which means he must also have a full time job to live. So he is a sheriff’s deputy for his full time job. There’s no back tracking here, just ignorance and blindly following everything you hear that you want to believe.

      But you’ve convinced me… don’t question everything. Only question what you don’t want to believe, but DON’T question what you do want to believe.

    • I’ve never seen navy police on a cutter. It’s almost always the other way around. The navy needs coast guard detachments on their ships because they do not have domestic law enforcement capabilities like the coast guard does.

    • What makes the difference how we get to the truth? As long as we get there! We are doing EXACTLY what they want us to do when we point fingers, nit pick, and call eachother names. We need to work together, ask questions, and for our own sakes, QUIT FIGHTING, CALLING NAMES, AND BEING CHILDISH!!

    • At least you’re questioning something, Matthew Ahearn. I never said they were stationed on any kind of “cutter” or carrier or anything. They were stationed at CLS Comalapa in El Salvador. I don’t know what branches were there, but definitely Navy and Coast Guard.

    • So… WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE THE PEOPLE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE?!!!!! I mean, where is the PROOF and TRUTH? Anyone have an answer to that? Or just gunna argue? Believe what you will. That is what makes us all skeptical and all of us hard to believe no matter how much you beat your head against the keyboard… because honestly none of us are trustworthy with actual facts, that’s why we all argue. It will only continue, ^Shawn is fighting for the top on this one.

  • How is this happening? How did it get to this point? This is so insulting. And we all just sit back and fucking take it. There truly is no hope.

  • WTF!!!! give me a break!!! corrupt, corrupt, WTF!!!

  • United States has one of the most corrupt governments in the world we just hide it better than anyone else.

  • no

  • The rot of american corruption will make the fall that much sweeter. Who needs ISIS when you’ve got bullshit like this?

  • I say take a look on a Texas Ranch or maybe the CIA has an idea of where it is/went.

  • They returned it to mitch mcConnell

  • Ever tried to lose 4000 pounds? Well I did and it was HARD.

  • Loses it???oooooook

  • Not even gonna read it. My answer is NO.

  • Bill Clinton can get rid of that for you

  • LMAO, they returned it to the cabal because of the markets crashing..

  • 4000 pounds of poison, wonder what they sold it for…..

  • somtimes we put things in a safe place, and then forget where we put them, maby that is whaat happened….”NOT!!!!!!”

  • they need money pay drone i took out

  • Rocie Trujillo Jimenez

  • It gets sold back to the cartels.

  • The CIA needs it to fund the war on drugs

  • Rocie Trujillo Jimenez

  • Sure…it can be easily found in some nostrils

  • you just figuring that out , it alway happens

  • Of course they did….

  • The CIA needed it back.

  • It was not lost the CIA took it and they’re distributing it throughout the streets of America

  • resold

  • WHATEVER!

  • GOD- guns, oil, drugs

  • LOL

  • Yeah RIGHHTTTT

  • Eddie Fischer, you getting ready for a party?

    • You know it sir. Gotta throw you a deployment party. Ha

  • Ha! They flipped that shit.

  • Ask COnvict Ollie North where he thinks it is!

  • The Chatham County NC sheriff’s department “lost” 5,000 pounds of marijuana. (Google it, I’m not making this up.)
    The weed nor the perpetrator(s) were ever found, and the only person in the department who was disciplined was a deputy who allegedly cooperated with the SBI and FBI.
    He later won an undisclosed settlement with the county.

  • Fertilized someone’s background.

  • My butt!

  • It was probably a CIA shipment and it was returned to them…

  • They lost it to the hands of the CIA drug dealers.

  • The Government and its affiliates do not tell lies. How dare you suggest otherwise!!

  • The “Government” is the legal organized crime…at least the mafia has a code of ethics.

  • It’s not lost. It’s on it’s way to a local drug dealer near you.

  • “French Connection Part 2……………………………

  • How convenient

  • Funny how that happens.

  • yeah right! just like Rumsfield lost 2 bill just before 9/11

  • No way

  • Smell shite lol

  • It’s probably in Mena, Arkansas. Bill still has a lot of connections.

  • A believe in the flat earth society! When am whited!

  • Check under the cia’s bed

  • Who cares

  • US Government is the largest drug trafficker in the world. The war on drugs is designed to shut down the competition, or control it.

  • huh? Unless they sold it or threw it overboard there is no way to ‘lose’ something on a ship

  • How do you think they have been paying for there black oops projects all these years

  • That’s a joke son.

  • They probably owed someone.

  • They lost it just like the pentagon lost 8.5 trillion.

  • “Disappeared” right up somebodies nose…

  • i iwsh i could just find it. lol

  • NO.ITS NOT LOST….THEY HAVE IT.

  • Yea they lost them????

  • Bullshit

  • Usa governemnt took it probably bush turd family

  • It’s not a set a car keys

  • *wink wink* *nudge nudge*

  • Disgrace. Did anyone get fired? Probably not!

  • CIA wanted there stuff back, stealing from the governemnt is frowned upon.

  • How do you lose 4000 pounds of cocaine

  • Don’t worry! It’ll turn up! On the black market, for sale in America!

  • I don’t know where it went.. Sniff sniff

  • Nothing suspicious here.

  • Lost my ass…

  • Yes they did. These people are so honest and are there for you when you need them! Maybe it got accidently lost at sea, or a huge rogue wave swept it away! I believe everything they say because they work for the government and government people are the most honest and truthful. Our government doesnt lie and would never put humans in direct danger, knowingly!

  • So , They’re using the Coast Guard , to bring it in for them ; People affiliated with the Government have been smuggling drug’s into the U.S. for 40 years ,that I know of .

  • did they smell it to make sure it was real?

  • Yeah I bet they lost it they were transporting it to get it through checkpoints and drop it in a area for the people to pick up the government has been crooked forever

  • Haha it’s Iran – Contra all over again.

  • Yes I lost a lot of that stuff in eighties ,,,, whoa

  • It’s called cutting the Cocaine! they get there cut, they are part of our Government after all! 🙂

  • no, it was redistrubuted

  • “Hey, has anyone seen those black trash bags filled with shit on port side?”

  • lol sold to the drug dealers

  • YEA RIGHT! IF YOU BELIEVE THIS I’VE GOT A BRIDGE FOR SALE!

  • They did. It washed up on our beaches.

  • cia breaking it down until finally hitting the projects. even if it was a seemless execution it still feeds the cycle cuz bottom line is the junkie consumer is still being kept on the hook but as a rat now

  • my! my! no wonder the fe3ds have money!

  • Ha ha ha. When I came across this the next thing on my feed was this.

  • hmmm, lost ?

  • Lol how do you lose 4000 pounds of ice! I’m sure

  • The coasties are high as a giraffes ass as we speak.

  • Yea right

  • Lost it my ass

  • if its true some body should loose their job over this any way they dont need a job any more with all those LBS he stold

  • Sure they did how does stupid shit like this even become news?

  • gCHECK fORT kNOX. i HEARD THE gOV, KEEPS I’S STASH THERE.

  • Oops it must’ve slipped off. My bad

  • Up their nose and out it goes to the Hood and Farakahn said they would

  • Lost it into their own pockets I’m pretty sure.

  • lost hell they know what happened to it fa sure

  • I’m sure they meant ‘wasted’, – not lost !

  • Impossible to “Lose” that much with eyes all over it. I call BULLSHIT

  • Lost it up their noses

  • Somewhere out5 there are some VERY AGITATED whales with big straws…

  • Matthew

    • Yeah they lost that shit right up they’re nose lmfao

    • they lost it, only to be found in the form of currency that had some how appeared in their bank accounts

  • I need to join the Coast Guard!

  • Ha yeah right. They just sold it.

  • guess whos having a happy holiday woo hooo

  • Bush and Cheney trying to finance another operation

  • wtf!!!

  • How is there 13,000 feet of water near shore!!!???

  • Really I drop a bolt and I look 4 it what a crock

  • I’d be testing and watching everyone involved.

  • looooooool so easy to lose 2 tons lol. i wonder in which noses it went lol

  • The “Chapo” found it! Or maybe Sean Penn…?

  • Anything done by humans seeking money in return can be can be corrupt. It depends on each individuals’ morals.

  • No

  • What they want is exactly what uz are doing…division of people leads to easy conquest.

  • They lost it in vegas, probably at the bunny ranch.

  • lol

  • Not buying it!

  • Sure they lost it….to the DEA for them to re-sell on the streets.

  • The government is the biggest drug runner in the nation… See the CIA, Pentagon, Dark Money in the Exchange Stablization Fund, early stories Oliver North…

  • I presume this means it is in the CIA’s possession. That which the CIA didn’t ALREADY sell.

  • ‘Lost’ don’t you just hate it when that happens……please…..

  • This is why they will loose the war cause they think there smarter then everyone but not even close we are sunk in and they will get one hell of a wake up when its tome

  • Coming to a hood near you lol GO DHS !!! HOOAH

  • THEY ACCIDENTALLY BUSTED OBUMMER CAIN. AND O BUTT HOLE GOT IT BACK..

  • The cia and dea will be distributing it in a town near you come and get it kids!

  • This is from Aug 2015

  • BS

  • Street value $100,000,000.. yeah that was lost the right

  • If I lost that everyone in my family would have healthcare college and a place to live

  • lol

  • …it happens.

  • There are LINES of inquirey they are following, they got a nose for investigating and they hope to Sniff out the truth!!!

  • One pound I can believe but more than that no

  • ????????

  • NO WAY

  • yup got to pay for all those underground bases, hidden government and black projects and assinations, else you cant keep control of the planet.

  • The DEA is the biggest drug dealers in America!

  • Yah, sure and I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell ya.

  • Yeah right!

  • Tammy Letts John Van Bob Kipperman Robert Shugrue

    • Nice haul. I believe that most of the people who want drugs, get drugs, so in my opinion, the 50 billion dollars we spend on the drug war each year is, for the most part, a waste of money. Allocating more to treat drug addiction, and educating people about the harmful effects of drugs, would give us much more bang for our bucks. What the drug war does do, is enrich corrupt politicians, DEA cops and drug dealers. The war on drugs actually makes it easier for young people to get drugs, because they don’t have to show I.D.s, or a doctor’s prescription, to obtain drugs. The way its set up now, the drug dealers deliver directly to schools, homes or places of business. If illegal drugs were legalized, monitored more closely and taxed, it would put the illegal drug cartels out of business, because it would take out the profit incentive. For example, it costs $3 to $6 to produce a pound of coffee in Columbia and it costs about $2.50 to produce a gram of cocaine. The retail price of a pound of coffee in the US is $4 to $10. The street value of a gram of cocaine is about $175. The pharmaceutical value of a gram of cocaine is probably less than a pound of coffee. Instead of wasting $50 billion on the drug war, we should be taxing and regulating these drugs, just like we do with alcohol and tobacco, which would bring in more than $50 billion in tax revenue, for a net gain of more than $100 billion per year. Its a no brainer.

    • Brilliant evaluation- as usual. xo

    • I think they perpetuate this cruel war because of perks from civil asset forfeiture laws

    • Yes that is definitely part of it, they take your stuff before you’ve been proven guilty of anything, which in my opinion is unconstitutional. Another sinister aspect of the drug war is that the prison industrial complex, which is becoming increasingly more privatized, is one of the main beneficiaries of the war on drugs. It would be cheaper for we the taxpayers to send the hundreds of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders who are rotting in jail to college.

  • Oops

  • “Lost it”…. Right onto their storage facility…

  • In other news, the Rhinoplasty Society reported a 500% surge in nasal septum surgeries amongst Coast Guard personnel.