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(Fox 5 San Diego)   Coast Guard unloads $37M of cocaine seized at sea, looks to trade it for an 8-ball of hydroxy   (fox5sandiego.com) divider line
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4 days ago  
I just took my daily dose of Hydrox so I'm getting a kick out of this story...

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4 days ago  
If only we had that wall.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
That $30M of cocaine is being safely held in the evidence locker.
 
4 days ago  
News reporter: We're talking to the man on the street on what they would do if they won power-ball. Sir, yes you, what would you do if you won power-ball?

Man: Hookers and blow, hookers and blow...
 
4 days ago  
Coast Guard unloads $37M of cocaine


For 2000 lbs? That's complete bullshiat
 
4 days ago  
Did they party all the way into port?
 
4 days ago  
15 million.
 
4 days ago  
The government could be making so much money resellng it to Americans at a reasonable price of course.
 
4 days ago  
Cocaine? Let me check.
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Yep! It's cocaine!
 
4 days ago  
This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!
 
4 days ago  

WithinReason: The government could be making so much money resellng it to Americans at a reasonable price of course.


With this administration anything's possible.
 
4 days ago  

WithinReason: The government could be making so much money resellng it to Americans at a reasonable price of course.


Just wait until they realize the street value of the Rockies and Cascades.

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4 days ago  
Uh... that comes out to $8,391 per gram.
 
4 days ago  
That's enough for two Arizona State bachelorette parties!
 
4 days ago  
The war on drugs is over!
 
4 days ago  
No, wait. Brain fried.

2000 lbs = 907.1847 kg
$37,000,000 / 907.1847kg = $40,785.52/kg

or about $40.79/g
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  

Mugato: If only we had that wall.


Coast Guard = Wall,   LMAO.
 
4 days ago  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: No, wait. Brain fried.

2000 lbs = 907.1847 kg
$37,000,000 / 907.1847kg = $40,785.52/kg

or about $40.79/g


Yep and street price is ~$100/gram
 
4 days ago  

johnny_vegas: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: No, wait. Brain fried.

2000 lbs = 907.1847 kg
$37,000,000 / 907.1847kg = $40,785.52/kg

or about $40.79/g

Yep and street price is ~$100/gram


I'm told* that no one actually buys just a gram of it because it's a waste of time. You usually get about 28g for $500.  Which means this shipment is more like $16.2m if it's retail product. If it's pure then it might actually be worth close to $30-something million.

*no, seriously, I'm lame as hell and had to ask. This is a pretty good argument for not having law enforcement reading private messages.
 
4 days ago  
Well there goes productivity for the week.
Balls.
 
4 days ago  

Seacop: This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!


Nuts In a good way or bad insane way ?
 
4 days ago  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: johnny_vegas: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: No, wait. Brain fried.

2000 lbs = 907.1847 kg
$37,000,000 / 907.1847kg = $40,785.52/kg

or about $40.79/g

Yep and street price is ~$100/gram

I'm told* that no one actually buys just a gram of it because it's a waste of time. You usually get about 28g for $500.  Which means this shipment is more like $16.2m if it's retail product. If it's pure then it might actually be worth close to $30-something million.



The smugglers are going to wait until it reaches the end of the line before they start cutting it with additives.

Statistica.com has a gram at a low of $50 (Portugal; legal for individuals to possess) to a high of $112 (Finland; long supply chain = greater likelihood of interception).  Thus, $40 per gram sounds low, but let's go with that.

Back in February, the Coast Guard in San Diego unloaded 20,000 lbs of coke with a street value of $338M.  That fits with the reporting for this story:  2000 lbs => $37M, and 20,000 lbs => $338M.

22,000 lbs.  That's a lot of cocaine.  And that's just what the Coast Guard managed to confiscate.

It made me wonder how much raw coca leaf was needed for a kilo of cocaine.  Takes between 450 kg and 600 kg of coca leaves to make a kilo of cocaine.  Those two amounts above (22,000 lbs) equates to 11,000 kg of cocaine, which would require 4,950,000 kg to 6,600,000 kg of raw coca leaves, and all of that must be harvested by hand.  6M kg of coca leaves equates to about 10% of Kentucky's production of tobacco leaf.

Of course, the 22,000 lbs of cocaine listed above is just a fraction of the total produced.  Accordingly, coca plants might be one of the most cultivated - but unnecessary - plants on the Earth.  Far below the amounts of wheat, corn, rice, or barley, but we need those to survive.  We don't need coke to survive.  We need a little for pharmaceutical use (it's used in rhinoplasty to reduce bleeding), but that's it.

Worldwide legalization would cause prices to crash, but we'd also see a large spike in OD deaths.  If it were legal, perhaps as many as due to opioids.  Would folks be okay with that, since it's basically self-induced?  What would happen to the economies in Central and South America if prices crashed?

Lots of issues, lots of questions, no easy answers.  However, I do feel what we do now is NOT the way to go.  The DEA has been in existence for nearly 50 years, and things certainly haven't improved!  Federal prison population in 1973 was 300K, today it's 2.2M, and the vast majority of inmates are there on drug-related crimes.
 
4 days ago  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: johnny_vegas: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: No, wait. Brain fried.

2000 lbs = 907.1847 kg
$37,000,000 / 907.1847kg = $40,785.52/kg

or about $40.79/g

Yep and street price is ~$100/gram

I'm told* that no one actually buys just a gram of it because it's a waste of time. You usually get about 28g for $500.  Which means this shipment is more like $16.2m if it's retail product. If it's pure then it might actually be worth close to $30-something million.

*no, seriously, I'm lame as hell and had to ask. This is a pretty good argument for not having law enforcement reading private messages.


LOL, you know some serious party hounds.   Or they are reselling part of it by the gram themselves.  In theory, that is what I would do to pay for my own party favors.  I did mention that was theoretical right...from a couple of decades ago, maybe, I'm not saying....
 
4 days ago  

Idiot Stick Bearer: Seacop: This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!

Nuts In a good way or bad insane way ?


Nuts in a good way. Solid leader, even though he was straight out of the academy, funny as hell, pulled off a couple of stunts in port calls that were legendary. We were all like 22 though.
 
4 days ago  

Seacop: Idiot Stick Bearer: Seacop: This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!

Nuts In a good way or bad insane way ?

Nuts in a good way. Solid leader, even though he was straight out of the academy, funny as hell, pulled off a couple of stunts in port calls that were legendary. We were all like 22 though.


Sometimes, you end up with a butterbar that should be thrown overboard and lost at sea/accidentally end up downrange in a live-fire incident during a tragic training exercise gone wrong, and sometimes you end up with a butterbar that is actually worth more than the time of day. I have seen both. I did once have the joy of having a company CO that I would have followed into a live minefield to disarm the mines so that the infantry we were supporting could get to the other guys. That company CO later ended up being my battalion operations officer, my battalion XO, and my battalion commander. His brother was the more famous of his family, though. His brother was a member of the Purple People Eaters, Doug Sutherland.
 
3 days ago  
did they just give it back to the CIA?
 
3 days ago  

Seacop: This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!


My first QM1 was like that (early 80s). Told me more than once he had spent the night in all but 2 coumty jails in Fla.

I still mis him. Mike was good people.
 
3 days ago  

ClavellBCMI: Seacop: Idiot Stick Bearer: Seacop: This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!

Nuts In a good way or bad insane way ?

Nuts in a good way. Solid leader, even though he was straight out of the academy, funny as hell, pulled off a couple of stunts in port calls that were legendary. We were all like 22 though.

Sometimes, you end up with a butterbar that should be thrown overboard and lost at sea/accidentally end up downrange in a live-fire incident during a tragic training exercise gone wrong, and sometimes you end up with a butterbar that is actually worth more than the time of day. I have seen both. I did once have the joy of having a company CO that I would have followed into a live minefield to disarm the mines so that the infantry we were supporting could get to the other guys. That company CO later ended up being my battalion operations officer, my battalion XO, and my battalion commander. His brother was the more famous of his family, though. His brother was a member of the Purple People Eaters, Doug Sutherland.


Good JOs are hard to come by. As a senior chief I really enjoy mentoring the ones who have a glimmer of hope. I also enjoy breaking the ones who are fark sticks.
 
3 days ago  

lovely_filth: Seacop: This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara.

Oh fark Jimmy O'! I served on the Munro with him back in 2002/3 when he was just an Ensign. Dude was nuts!

My first QM1 was like that (early 80s). Told me more than once he had spent the night in all but 2 coumty jails in Fla.

I still mis him. Mike was good people.


Experience is quite often overlooked.
 
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