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Drug Trafficking Methods In The United States

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Drug Trafficking‭ ‬Methods‭ ‬in the United States

‭ ‬In‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬the United States Customs and Border Control seized over‭ ‬1,626‭ ‬tons of illegal drugs.‭ “‬The United States Customs and Border Control‭ (‬CPB‭)‬,‭ ‬is one of the Department of Homeland Security‭’‬s largest and most complex components,‭ ‬with a priority mission of keeping‭ ‬terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.‭ ‬It also has‭ ‬a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S.‭ ‬regulations,‭ ‬including immigration and drug laws.‭”‬ (CBP.gov‭) ‬The CBP along with the United States Coast Guard seizes illegal drugs such as cocaine,‭ ‬heroin,‭ ‬marijuana,‭ ‬and ...view middle of the document...

S.‭ ‬Customs and Border Protection seized over‭ ‬85‭ ‬pounds on marijuana from a‭ ‬minivan that was in Arizona.‭ ‬The drug was concealed in the‭ ‬1997‭ ‬Ford Windstar‭’‬s door jam and fenders‭ (‬CBP,‭ ‬July‭ ‬2009‭)‬.‭

A drug mule or courier is a person who transports illegal drugs by using their body.‭ ‬There are multiple ways that this type of trafficking occurs.‭ ‬The first is when the drug strapped to the person‭’‬s body and then hidden by clothing.‭ ‬A more dangerous way that drugs are being trafficked is by ingesting the drug into one‭’‬s body and is then retrieved later.‭ ‬This is done by swallowing balloons or condoms‭ ‬that contain‭ ‬the drug.‭ ‬The drug is then left alone to run‭ ‬its course through the digestive tract and later retrieved through the courier‭’‬s stool.‭ ‬The‭ ‬courier risks their medical health when doing this.‭ ‬If a packet is to burst before it can exit the body,‭ ‬the amount of the drug that enters onto the body can cause an overdose.‭ ‬A courier may insert the packets of drugs into their body directly through their anus or vagina.‭

There are multiple ways for illegal drugs to be brought into the country using the open seas.‭ ‬Some of these ways involved container ships,‭ ‬cruise ships,‭ ‬commercial fishing boats,‭ ‬recreation boats,‭ ‬and semisubmersibles.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬the United States seized‭ ‬24,737‭ ‬kilograms of drugs while in transit using these methods.‭

Due to high security on the United States boarder,‭ ‬drug cartels are becoming more creative in the way that they are bringing their product into the country.‭ ‬Traveling at‭ ‬6+‭ ‬knots in a‭ ‬40‭ ‬to‭ ‬80‭ ‬foot vessel,‭ ‬traffickers are using semisubmersibles‭ (‬SPSSs‭) ‬to transport‭ ‬cocaine to the south-west coast line on‭ ‬the United States.‭ ‬These semisubmersibles run inches below the water‭’‬s surface unable to‭ ‬be detected visually and only by sonar.‭ ‬SPSSs are built in rivers under the cover of thick jungles then sailed into open water where they are capable of carrying‭ ‬up to‭ ‬10‭ ‬tons of cocaine that is trafficked into the United States.‭ ‬According to the Joint Interagency Task Force South,‭ ‬an average vessel cost‭ ‬$2‭ ‬million USD and can carry a cargo worth‭ ‬$400‭ ‬million USD when sold on the street.‭

Due to the low pay that‭ ‬workers receive while being employed by cruise line companies,‭ ‬some workers find themselves resorting to other ways to receive an income.‭ ‬While in port in a South American country,‭ ‬workers will pick up their cargo of drugs and transport them to another port of call that the ship is making.‭ ‬While‭ ‬docked in America,‭ ‬the worker will deliver their cargo and make a transaction with the awaiting drug dealer.‭ ‬This type of drug trafficking is kept out of the American media but is still a large issue.‭

In December of‭ ‬2010,‭ ‬three Jamaican cruise ship employees for Royal Caribbean's‭ ‬989-foot Enchantment of the Seas,‭ ‬where arrested in Baltimore,‭ ‬Maryland after‭...

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