Record Cocaine Seizures in First Quarter of Fiscal Year

WASHINGTON – The Coast Guard announced today it set a cocaine interdiction record for the first quarter of a fiscal year, removing 97,635 pounds of the drug between Oct. 1, 2006, and Jan.1, 2007, eclipsing the previous high of 76,925 pounds, set during the first quarter of fiscal 2006.

“The U.S. Coast Guard is committed to protecting our citizens from all threats in the maritime environment,” said Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, the Coast Guard’s assistant commandant for response. “These numbers indicate that we are still on the beat stopping the flow of illegal narcotics into this country.”

The United States Coast Guard is the lead agency for maritime law enforcement and conducts drug interdiction operations on, under and over assigned international waters and waters subject to United States jurisdiction.

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