Tracking illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter recently intercepted a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel, arrested the crew and recovered over 3,800 pounds of cocaine. Such vessels are designed to navigate low in the water to avoid detection and smuggle drugs easily across the borders. The Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crew, which regularly conducts long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions along the U.S. borders, tracked the vessel on Nov. 12, 2017, and coordinated with the Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF South) to interdict it the next day. This is the latest feat for Operation Martillo.
Operation Martillo is an internationally-supported mission that targets illicit drug trafficking along Central America’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts. An operation that began in January 2012, Operation Martillo is in its fifth year of coordinating efforts of partner nations (17 countries) to counter illicit trafficking of cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the region. According to the National Air Security Operations Center – Corpus Christi Director Allen Durham, “The drug cartels are relentless and extremely innovative. Interdicting self-propelled semi-submersible vessels requires expertise and the right aircraft. Air and Marine Operations will continue to beat the cartels at their own game to protect our borders.”
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the operation that happened in international waters involved several interagency partners, including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. The three arrested crew members will now face charges in the U.S.
Understanding cocaine addiction
A powerfully addictive stimulant, cocaine is known by many street names and comes in two forms — powdered cocaine and crack cocaine — which can be injected, snorted or smoked. One of the most dangerous drugs, cocaine is used worldwide as a recreational drug. In 2016, an estimated 1.9 million people (aged 12 or older) were its current users including 432,000 current users of crack cocaine.
Known to stimulate the key pleasure centers of the brain and heighten the sense of euphoria among its users, regular and long-term use of the illicit drug can alter the brain chemistry, affecting the functioning of the brain’s reward system. Over time, a user develops tolerance, needing a higher quantity to satisfy the urge. It gradually leads to drug dependence that can spiral into addiction.
Those who try to quit the addictive habit on their own have to undergo intense withdrawal symptoms, which makes it even more difficult to overcome the craving. Treatment for cocaine addiction requires professional intervention from addiction and mental health specialists who have the required expertise in handling the patients and addressing their emotional, physical and behavioral needs. A successful drug treatment is followed by an aftercare plan that helps patients maintain sobriety and avoid a relapse.
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