Thursday, February 16, 2017

To Smuggle Coke, Get the Best; Get the TSA

Those TSA rascals working on the inside smuggled twenty tons of cocaine out of the airport in Puerto Rico and bound for US destinations.  Most of the time a single drug mule will be trying to smuggle a couple of kilos but these ones went for twenty tons.  (RT:  Drug smuggling TSA and airport employees shipped 20 tons of cocaine in 18 years - DOJ)

© Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Twelve current and former TSA officers and airport staff are facing possible life sentences after being indicted on an alleged drug trafficking operation that smuggled 20 tons of cocaine into the US through Puerto Rico over an 18-year period.

The US Department of Justice announced the charges on Monday, following a federal grand jury’s indictment in Puerto Rico last Wednesday.

From 1988 to 2016, about 40,000 pounds, or two tons, of cocaine went through Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to the DOJ.

- RT

Note: I didn't modify a word of that text.  That appears to be the inverse of the way cops do it when they compute drug value.  When cops do it, they'll say two tons has the street value of twenty.  Now it seems when smugglers do it, twenty tons has the weight of two.

The bust seems dramatic but the Rockhouse estimate is well over three hundred tons of cocaine come into the country each year and likely much high than that.  The estimate is based on the number of people officials believe are using it.

Ed:  so it's hopeless and stop trying to prevent it?

Continuing to repeat something which doesn't work is just foolishness.  The inspection doesn't stop it and busting the big dealers does nothing since they just make more.  You can't Paraquat the fields without unleashing another Dow / Monsanto Agent Orange hell into the world.

The regulars have seen this in different forms many times.  You need to find a way to give the people who grow it a reason to do something else.

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