Drug boats making their way to the California coast from Mexico are becoming an increasing problem for the Golden State, which is looking more and more green with a dash of white due to all the marijuana and cocaine coming ashore.
Last year a US Coast Guard was killed in a clash with drug runners, the first murder of its kind since Prohibition, reports Motherboard
's Brian Anderson. It's a sign of the growing boldness of drug cartels, he writes, who "are more and more technologically advanced as they shuttle drugs, immigrants, and increasingly ruthless cartel underlings further and further north."
Making the problem worse is the fact that the usual auctioning off of apprehended boats, or "pangas," is only resulting in the same vessels showing up at sea all over again with drugs and foreign nationals in tow. In response, US government now requires the seized boats to be destroyed.
Captain Eric Lamb of a company called Vessel Assist describes
the sense of anxiety he feels lately when responding to a stranded boat:
"I'll be out there, no one else, just me; they can shoot me, throw me over the side, load everything in my boat and they can go anywhere they want."
Via Motherboard and Public Radio International