Biggest submarine drug bust ever yields 181 million in cocaine off Pacific

first_imgLOS ANGELES,United States — The U.S. Coast Guard said it seized $181 million worth of cocaine from a submarine-like vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean, but even more drugs sank during the recent bust.The Coast Guard seized 12,000 pounds (5,400 kilograms) of cocaine from four smugglers on a semi-submersible ship, the agency said Wednesday.The vessel, which was first spotted about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of Mexico off the coast of Central America, was carrying a total of 16,000 pounds of narcotics, but as the ship was being towed, it took on water and sank. Some 4,000 pounds of narcotics were lost in the process.The seizure, which took place on July 18, was the “largest recorded semi-submersible interdiction in Coast Guard history,” according to the agency.The 40-foot (12-meter) vessel was deemed “unrecoverable” after it sank.The Coast Guard said there have been 25 known interdictions of semi-submersible vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean since November 2006.“Every interception of these semi-submersibles disrupts transnational organized crime networks and helps increase security and stability in the Western Hemisphere,” Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, commander of the Pacific area, said in a statement.Semi-submersible ships are designed for drug trafficking, and because they are mostly submerged — often with only a cockpit and exhaust pipe visible above water — they are particularly difficult to detect and interdict, the Coast Guard said. Facebook Comments Related posts:New Generation cartel is Mexico’s latest menace Colombia to stop spraying Roundup on coca fields 3 tons of cocaine seized in major Spain drug bust Waging peace in Colombialast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After big rookie seasons, athletes often try to avoid the “sophomore slump,” a drop in production the next season.According to NFL.com’s Matt Harmon, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown shouldn’t have a problem maintaining, if not improving, his production next season.Harmon projected Brown as one of three sophomore wide receivers who will exceed fantasy football expectations in 2015.Much like T.Y. Hilton and Mike Wallace, John Brown came out of nowhere to contribute in Arians’ offense in his first NFL season. While Brown produced the least impressive raw stats of the trio, there is a caveat here. Hilton and Wallace got 16 games of Andrew Luck and 15 games of Ben Roethlisberger, respectively. Brown was forced to play 13 games with a Drew Stanton/Logan Thomas/Ryan Lindley triumphant of sadness taking turns behind center. If you take the numbers Brown recorded in the six games Carson Palmer played in, and stretch them out for a full season, his campaign suddenly looks even better.John Brown performed markedly better when the team’s starting quarterback was in the lineup. Had Palmer played out the full season, it is not out of the question Brown would have finished right in line with Hilton’s 2012 season. The two players have very similar skill sets, and are both in the 5’10 and 180 pound Arians’ mold. For his encore, Hilton recorded 82 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. No one should rule out Brown having a similar season, if Carson Palmer plays all 16 games.Brown caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season out of Pittsburg State.center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Per Harmon’s projections, Brown would have had 53 catches and 840 yards and eight touchdowns on 107 targets had he played all 16 games with starting quarterback Carson Palmer last season.“Smokey” will be joined in the receiving corp by veteran Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.The other wide receivers Harmon listed are Allen Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.last_img read more