According to the USA Today story "Coast Guard cocaine seizures set record" 690,000 pounds of cocaine flowed into the USA in the first six months of 2000, partly because the smugglers' expensive boats are twice as fast as those of the Coast Guard. Here is a direct quote from the article:
Intelligence reports from the Defense Department, Coast Guard and other agencies estimate that
690,000 pounds of cocaine flowed into the USA in the first six months of 2000. ...
"We're a long way from having them shut down," says Coast Guard Vice Adm. Ray Riutta.
"We've taken a lot of cocaine off the water. But we just don't have enough resources,
and there's an awful lot of ocean out there."
(USA Today newspaper, 28 September 2000, page 3A)
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