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Posted on December 13 at 9:12 a.m.
What's hard for me to understand is why Mexican cartels are bringing marijuana into a locale where it's long been the biggest and most profitable crop. Cocaine or heroin I could understand: small volume, high price, and the evidence sinks if you have to toss it. But pot - long known in Southern California and Florida as "square grouper" - seems like a waste of effort.
In the drug business, as the Coast Guard is well aware, betrayal is the most effective weapon. You don't usually even have to pay the betrayers, so it's very cost-effective.
The panga is only the archetype of the disposable container, and I doubt if really sophisticated electronics are the best barrier. Eyes on the water, or in CG cutters, are what can best separate these goats from the horde of waterborne sheep.
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