Posted on September 24, 2008 in Alcohol and Drug News
I Didn't Even Know It Was On Board…I Swear
On Saturday the 13th of September, men were found on board a yacht off Cornwall in the U.K. with enough cocaine to be estimated at £5 million. That is roughly $10 million. The HMS Argyll and the Metropolitan Police were looking for drugs when they seized upon the yacht. According to the BBC:
Officers recovered nearly 100kg in three laundry bags hidden in the forward cabin of the British-registered 35ft yacht.
Two men in their late 50s were arrested directly from the yacht, and another was arrested in London.
I’m all for taking drugs off the street, but that massive haul of cocaine isn’t going to dry the streets up over night. If anything it will just make the coke that is already on the streets more valuable, which in turn will make it cost more, which in turn will make more people do more illegal things to get the money to buy the drugs. The war on drugs seems an un-winnable war. We can keep pumping all the money in the world into drug prevention, but the nature of the beast remains that law enforcement will always be one step behind. I’m not sure what the right answer is, but it doesnt’ seem like the current strategy is all it’s cracked up to be.
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