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Saturday, August 23 2014 @ 03:30 AM EDT

National Air Service Seizes More Than A Ton of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingMore than a ton of drugs were seized during "Operation Hammer" held this weekend in Panamanian waters, specifically 6 nautical miles from Tigre Island, in the Guna Yala region. Field testing confirmed the 1,175 packages covered with black and brown adhesive tape contained cocaine. The combined operation between the National Air Service and U.S. Coast Guard is a new seizure, in less than 15 days. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Hey, a ton here, a ton there - after awhile it adds up. In 2009 and 2010 Panama seized about 50 tons of cocaine per year. That dropped off a little in 2011, and I don't know what the totals are so far for 2012. I do know the government of Panama has seized the third most drugs - behind the United States and Colombia - and I also know the traffickers are having a harder time getting their goods to market. The drug war has always been the "war of last resort" at least since the 80's.

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