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Pacific Ocean - A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) boarding team member opens a package of suspected contraband to test the substance after the crew interdicted a suspected smuggling vessel while patrolling international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean resulting in 1,252 pounds of cocaine seized, worth an estimated $21.5 million, and three suspected smugglers detained, March 15, 2020. On April 1, U.S. Southern Command began enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential national security objectives supported by numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo.


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