U.S. Navy helps to seize nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine
April 27th, 2012
06:04 PM ET

U.S. Navy helps to seize nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine

By Larry Shaughnessy

The hammer of the U.S. Navy came down on a group of drug smugglers off the coast of Panama when sailors teamed up with other U.S. law enforcement agencies to seize nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine, worth about $360 million.

Last Friday’s seizure was part of Operation Martillo,which is Spanish for hammer.

According to a U.S. Southern Command news release, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane spotted two “fast boats” off the coast of Panama filled with bales assumed to be drugs. The plane radioed the USS Elrod, a Navy frigate on station nearby. The Elrod sent a Sea Hawk helicopter to chase the boats.

With the helicopter, a U.S. navy frigate and Panamanian authorities on their tails, the people in the boats threw the drugs overboard and made a run for it.

The Elrod arrived in the area where the drugs were ditched and launched some small boats to recover the drugs.

All told, they found 89 bales filled with cocaine, but the boats that were carrying them and the people on board escaped.

The drugs will now be turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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    Right...now try to get the other 6,000,000,000,000 lbs that got through while you played catch and release!

    April 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Reply
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    April 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Pudendal Cleft

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      May 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  18. Frank Lopez

    Ach, mein productos!

    April 30, 2012 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • San Jose

      Obama should legalize it right now like marijuana and stop this false "War on drugs" and spend the money on helping Americans instead. Obama admits to using cocaine and obviously it did not damage him at all, so of all people he should know that criminalizing it does not work. If it were not criminal, it would reduce jail population saving money, and the price would be cheaper so users would not have to steal to fund their addiction.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply
      • cameron

        when did Obama Admit to using Cocaine? I seriously hope your not insinuating that the failure of the war on drugs is the fault of the current Administration...... Seriously, why can people just come on here and say anything they want without having to worry about little things like the FACTS or CONTEXT. ....oh didn't you hear? Obama just spent 4 billion dollars of tax payers money to build a new cottage on the moon! really! lets try to keep things to the realms of reality please

        April 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • San Jose

        Some facts to help you with, cameron:

        Obama first told of his early drug use in his 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." He then sua sponte volunteered the same information at a campaign stop and when asked to confirm by Sixty Minutes Steve Croft, he did.

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        April 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
      • Frank

        @cameron, fall off the turnip truck last night? November 1999 was Obama's last admitted coke use. See all those packaged kilos of coke? There was a boat just like that in 1999 that got through and your adored messiah put his face into some of it and inhaled it right up. If you're trying to paint him as an upright moral guy, it's far too late for that.

        April 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  19. Dr. Bombay

    Proud servicemen? Bah bahaha, america has been invaded by barefoot dirt farmers. Americans have suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties

    April 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  20. Marion berry

    I want a rock right now

    April 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • JayBee


      April 30, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  21. frankie

    Hmm,they should have used gun boat diplomacy,rat-atat-tat.Good job keeping 5,000 lbs of monkey dust off of the streets,(or should I say waters).And they should be patrolling these waters a lot more,but using force instead of the crooks getting away.A nice 50 cal. round to the head and chest should deter anyone smuggling cocaine.

    April 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • wakamole

      problem is the other 500000 pounds mde it

      April 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  22. El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

    Somewhere Lindsey Lohan is crying.

    April 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  23. Jackie Treehorn

    Isn't the US military forbidden by law from acting as a police force?

    April 29, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • Jeffrey Lebowski

      The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 restricts military forces from performing police actions within the boundaries of the US, unless ordered to do so by the president/congress.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • huhosue5

      the police called the navy for help chasing the boats..i think this is allowed..

      April 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • frankie

      Well,you are probably right.But 5,000 lbs. of cocaine,they should have a dozen or so boats out there patrolling these cocaine filled waters.That stuff is an evil drug that should send smugglers to their death!

      April 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • ckd

      You are correct.... that's why the two guys at the front of the boat there are Coast Guard and the CG can perform police powers. These frigates embark Coast Guard Law Enforcement detachment and they are the ones that are technically enforcing... they just catch a ride from the Navy, who can provide quite a bit of backup in the form of assistance if fired upon because then it changes to either self-defense or the protection of others. The Navy alone normally doesn't do the drug interdiction mission without them on board and thats how they beat Posse Comitatus

      May 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  24. Prometheus


    Be more.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  25. mrktraganos0

    now they are gunna just get rid of it i doubt it it was probably the cia's coke and they found it for them

    April 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  26. charlieag

    Well done.
    For once the tax money was wisely spent.

    April 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  27. Marc

    To all you negative haters,

    My son was the Coastie Gunner on that chase chopper. He's super pissed off that he couldn't get a shot off to stop them. That's his team that went out and picked all those bricks up. Not being law enforcement the navy only transports and provides support. The U S Coasties on scene have Federal Law Enforcement Ratings with powers to arrest. We also need to thank the Dutch Navy that made the initial sighting. I don't care what any of you haters say, our Coasties did what they were trained to do and perform in an outstanding manner day in and day out.

    Semper Peratus Coasties and go back for more. Maybe next time the gunner will get permission to to do what he does best.


    April 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • charlieag

      Now, the job was done.
      There is no reason to be trigger happy.

      April 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Flagrante Delicto

      Yeah, well 30 years ago, we didn't carry firearms in the coast Guard. Our primary duty was Search and Rescue. That has taken third place behind lawenforcement and homeland security. Why? Because there is no money in appropiations for Search and Rescue. Oh, and by the way dad, 30 years ago, 40% of the Coast Guard smoked pot. They didn't call us Toastie Coasties for nothing. Fantail Fireflies Rule!

      April 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Reply
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      what a great father you are.!! if only ALL fathers would wish for their son to kill someone. YOU are a kook. Maybe if your son has a next time <as you said he will get fired upon OBAMAS A LIAR

      April 29, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
      • bullit69

        Don’t be a tool to a proud father, and you are really showing your lack of education when it comes to high seas enforcement. The Coasties NEVER shoots to kill unless fired at, just shots across the bow, then shots to disable. When was the last time you have heard of the Coast Guard killing ANYONE? Now shut your oversized pie hole before you embarrass your parents more.

        April 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • Marc

        Did you ever shoot to disable from the deck of a moving chopper. I didnt think so. So whos piehole needs to be shut now. Offered to pay the airfare to come to CA of 2 ignorant windbags. Maybe you would like to be number 3. it would bring the odds closer to fair.


        April 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      If your son wanted to shoot someone so anxiously, then he should have joined the Army or the Marine Corps. Of course that would involve actually putting your life at risk in 130 degree weather environments far away from civilization rather than cruizing on the beach where it's comfy and safe.

      April 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
      • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

        And don't lecture me about the "dangers" of being in the Coasting Comfy Guard because the death statistics between all the branches will refute your claims and reinforce mine.

        April 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Marc

        If you only had a clue. The U S Coast has a Bronze Star w/V winner. Google it and find out. It's all you guy's with little dicks and peanuts for balls that try and drag our bravr heroes down to your level. What would happen if a group like Al-Caida managed to get a bomb to our shores and the CG stopped it from blowing up in your city. I rest my case!!!!

        April 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • Marc

        Futher, do you only think the navy is pirate hunting in the Gulf of Aden? If you do your really ignorant.

        April 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
      • JayBee

        El Duderino, you are a fucking fag. You probably sit there googling pictures and stats of military shit all day without any of the guts to do it. Then you have the nerve to sit here and down-talk one of our uniformed services as if you know. Fyi, the coast gaurd has taken part in virtually every major military operation over seas for us in the past 5 or 6 decades. Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. Google that shit dick. And just because there arent bullets flying over their heads constantly doesnt make their job a cake walk. You couldnt hold their jocks you little pussy.

        April 30, 2012 at 11:31 am |
      • JayBee

        furthermore El Duderino, if your so tough? then please provide me with the death statistics of your current occupation. Actually i can just do that for you. 1 in 75 McDonalds burger flippers slip and break their tail bone while walking through the kitchen. You lead a very dangerous life. We Americans owe our lives to you burger flippin heroes.

        April 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • Marc

        To Jay Bee

        Well said. I think I can speak for a parents of serving children and give you a HUGE THANK YOU. I know my son and his team appreciates all the support they get from you and folks like you. I hope someday you can shake a Coasties hand and thank them for their service in person. I spend a great deal of time traveling and in the last 3 years I have never failed to buy at least 10 sevice members in uniform a meal in the airport. In case you did not know, at Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, they used to have about 200 volunteers daily applaud uniformed troops as they walked through the airport.

        Thank you and all of you again for your support ,

        Coastie Dad

        April 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Choad

      I hope your shitstain 'patriot' of a son falls overboard and is devoured by sharks.

      April 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
      • Marc

        Please see my reply to Bob Loblowjob. I would be happy to pay both your airfares. Even 2 against one would not be fair to you 2 unpatriot pieces of camel shit.

        April 29, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • Bob Loblaw

      Oh, what a fucking shame your sired-by-the-mailman son didn't get to murder another human being. I'll bet he's the biggest coke-whore on the force. Fuck you, douchebag!

      April 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Reply
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        Bob LoBlowJob,
        You dont know anything about me, my background or anything else. I dont know anything about your background either .But I will make you this offer, please let me know if you ever get to California so that we can meet you you can find out about the healthcare in my state. Then you can tell your friends a "douchebag" put you in the hospital for a month and you lost 80 lbs because you could only eat through a straw With a name like Lablow I imagine you had alot of practice sucking things out of tubes. Let me give you 3 hints about who I am. sedaret and shalom a-hole and "diplomatic immunity". Google those words and if you can figure them out you would be verywise not to come to California. However, I will know your IP address and where it is located in about 15 minutes and I just may come pay you a visit. Dont worry about refreshments, I wont be staying long. But you should have an ice pack and 911 partially dialed on your phone. You will definetly need the paramedics and depending whether you apologize or not the local medical examiner. You should also look up internal decapitation, the first hand to hand move in commando school.


        April 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
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        Oooooooooooooo I just shit my pants. Perhaps you can use your tongue to help me clean up. I just love having my salad tossed by California fuck-tards.

        April 30, 2012 at 1:20 am |

    Someone lost a big load their cajones soon be in a jar

    April 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  29. Everett Wallace

    Oh my GOD, now that hurt, somebody is going to miss their payment and it causes the domino Effect.

    April 28, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
  30. K_Daraa

    re the statement '...sailors teamed up with other U.S. law enforcement agencies to seize nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine.'
    The US Navy is NOT a law enforcement agency. That is why martial law has to be declared in our country to use the military to police. That is why military intelligence is NOT allowed to operate in America in law enforcement.

    April 28, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • JayBee

      the statement in the story is correct. Sailors (US Navy) teamed up with law enforcement (US Customs and Border Protection).

      April 30, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • ckd

      You are correct.... that's why the two guys at the front of the boat there are Coast Guard and the CG can perform police powers. These frigates embark Coast Guard Law Enforcement detachment and they are the ones that are technically enforcing... they just catch a ride from the Navy, who can provide quite a bit of backup in the form of assistance if fired upon because then it changes to either self-defense or the protection of others. The Navy alone normally doesn't do the drug interdiction mission without them on board and when they aren't doing drug interdiction they are doing maritime exercises with other country's military's. they aren't violating posse comitatus

      May 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Marc

        To K Daraa,

        Perfect explanation. You must have extensive knowledge of the necessary protocols.

        May 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  31. TheSlee

    hey what if 250,000 Americans crossed the border and tunneled into mexico with dope, would they let us stay and give us free medical for our babies and foodstamps,.............I THINK NOT !

    April 28, 2012 at 6:56 am | Reply
  32. GOOD JOB

    now all obama has to do is give the order to plow the poppy fields of afghanistan into the ground , instead of the taliban having the best harvest ever in 2011.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  33. The War Criminal General Sherman

    Damn!...................there goes my weekend!

    April 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  34. m felcher

    Off which coast of Panama? How far off? What direction were the smugglers going?
    See how this piece is really not worth publishing?

    April 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  35. 11B2V1P

    Now give it to the DEA so they can sell it to Mexico, so they can then traffic it into the USA.

    April 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Snoot

      Nice. Thanks for the laugh.

      April 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply

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