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Spanish Authorities Find 1 Ton Of Cocaine In Backpacks

Spanish Authorities Find 1 Ton Of Cocaine In Backpacks

Authorities in Spain just found a ton of cocaine. And yes, it's a 'ton' of cocaine, but it's also just literally one ton of cocaine.

"They found nearly a ton of cocaine in large backpacks in the Mediterranean Sea. Those packs were equipped with a flotation system designed to keep them below the surface without sinking."

One ton amounts to 2,000 lbs. And you heard that part about these backpacks being equipped with a "flotation system" - CNN reports Spanish authorities are calling this a "sophisticated" operation.

They seized 37 packs, all tagged with satellite tracking devices, and amounting to nearly 2,000 lbs. of cocaine. Also seized were 72,000 euros, or about $97,000, three cars, jewelry, watches and more.

This smuggling ring had been tracked since last May. It seems the backpacks were being used to smuggle drugs along Spain's Meditteranean coast. This is the latest in a string of international cocaine busts.

In January, Britain's Royal Navy seized 1.25 tons of cocaine from a speedboat in the Caribbean - an amount worth tens of millions of dollars. (Via The Telegraph)

The U.S. Coast Guard had first spotted the boat, and called that seizure - which made up 45 bales of cocaine - "historic."

"The wholesale value is estimated at about $37 million. The street value is three times that amount - close to $111 million."

And just a few days ago came reports of the discovery of 1,600 lbs. of cocaine in a truck in Costa Rica.


As for this latest case, according to various reports, five arrests have been made so far.

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o4peetsak February 04 2014 at 6:26 PM

Did you get the part about it being ONE TON? 3 times in one sentence. lol

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Kate February 04 2014 at 12:58 PM

The article and video leave out the fact that the car and jewelry couldn't have been found floating in the ocean; they must have been seized from the people who were arrested.

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salleigh7 February 04 2014 at 12:54 PM

Hallaluyah! Keep up[ the good work....a few more lives have been saved by confiscating this poison and we are hitting the drug lords and their minions in the pocketbook....I love it!

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lbreamer February 04 2014 at 12:53 PM

It would seem they can't ship it here fast enough. Are there still so many people using it? I wouldn't know, don't know. It's crazy...

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David S. lbreamer February 04 2014 at 3:37 PM

Half users, half people looking to make a lot of money.......just my guess.

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nanahetzel February 04 2014 at 12:44 PM

.Modern tech. is putting drug lords out of business, it's about time. Keep it up.

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Don Schnickelfelter nanahetzel February 04 2014 at 1:00 PM

We will never put the drug lords out of business until we start executing some of them. That would put a real damper on their activity but probably not stop it completely. In a way, the anti-death-penalty people are partially responsible for the suffering caused by the "drug problem" in this country.

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flyingfortresb17 Don Schnickelfelter February 04 2014 at 1:37 PM

The problem is that many of the central,and south American countries refuse to execute these criminals when given the chance. They even baby the vicious murderers by allowing conjugal visits.

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gbyron60 February 04 2014 at 12:38 PM

I suspect that we Americans have more casualties from illegal drugs annually than the number of soldiers we lose to terrorists abroad each year. When Mao and his gang of thugs took over China the nation was still suffering from the effects of the British Opium Wars, and both the Nationalists and the Commies knew that their drug problem was one of the main reasons the Japanese had been successful in their invasion. The one good thing Mao did was stamp out the drug trade.

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Chris Creighton February 04 2014 at 10:41 PM

cars fit in the back paks? must be those little fiats

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mbrheljr February 04 2014 at 12:22 PM

From my past experience prosecuting major narcotic cases, expect to read soon about authorities finding murder victims, in Costa Rica, and whatever other jurisdiction the floating coke came from.

Cartels do NOT take kindly to these kinds of losses...

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Trish mbrheljr February 04 2014 at 1:02 PM

To bad their nothingbut pond scum, they distroy people.

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mbrheljr Trish February 04 2014 at 1:14 PM

Amen, Trish. From my many years of being in charge of major dope prosecution, I learned that addicts commit significant crimes daily to get the chemical body additives of choice.

And, we have two entities to thank for the continuing crime wave their addictions cause:

(a) drug cartels that manufacture these poisons, and,

(b) their route salesmen, aka American street gangs.

So, here's two more questions:

(a) why haven't state and federal lawmakers solved this problem?

(b) isn't that why we pay them?

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Tom Bonneville February 04 2014 at 12:03 PM

Yes! For the US Coast GFuard!!!!!

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plffcs February 04 2014 at 11:57 AM

Unless we redefine JUSTICE and it's role in our society, make the providers fear the risk of supplying and selling, nothing will work. Criminal lawyers need clients sooo that will never happen.

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