U.S. Intercepts Huge Cocaine Shipment! 

U.S. Intercepts Huge Cocaine Shipment! 
Posted by FoM on January 21, 1999 at 12:52:02 PT

HOUSTON U.S. law enforcement agencies have seized 9,500 pounds (4,320 kg) of Cocaine, worth up to $186 million, discovered during an inspection at sea, the Coast Guard said on Thursday.
Coast Guard officials boarded the Panamanian-registered bulk cargo carrier Cannes on Jan. 13 for a routine inspection and found the cocaine hidden among a cargo of iron ore.The ship was bound for Houston, Texas, and was boarded 125 miles (200 km) southwest of Jamaica.Authorities believe the iron ore was loaded in Brazil on Dec. 20 and that the ship's last port of call before the Coast Guard inspection was in Trinidad on Jan. 6.The Coast Guard requested and received permission from Panama to apply U.S. law and the ship was then allowed to continue its voyage to Houston, escorted by the Coast Guard.The U.S. Customs service took charge of the drugs in Houston and launched an investigation in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.As of Thursday morning, five members of the 24-member multinational crew had been arrested, but authorities said the investigation was continuing and more arrests could follow."This amount of cocaine could put at least one dose of the drug in the hands of every school child across America," U.S. Transport Secretary Rodney Slater told reporters in Houston.
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Comment #1 posted by STAN DUP on January 23, 1999 at 09:01:28 PT
9500lb. cocaine bust by DEA
good for DEA and AMERICA. we dont need this CRAP(coke) on our street's.  HAIL TO HEMP/ DOWN WITH COKE !!!!!!!!     from: STAN DUP. 
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