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The cargo vessel Bulk Princess
The cargo vessel Bulk Princess
Over $7 million was seized along with the maritime vessel Bulk Princess. Operation Journey also targeted maritime smuggling operations in Colombia that moved their operations to Venezuela as a result of Operation Odessa. With cooperative law enforcement amongst agencies, DEA's Operation Journey seized more than nine tons of cocaine hidden by the DeLaVega drug trafficking organization.

Drug smugglers making getaway in a go-fast boat.
Drug smugglers making a get-away
As a DEA surveillance aircraft makes a pass over this go-fast boat, the traffickers try to outrun the agents. Visible in the forward section of the boat are drums of fuel and in the back, bags of drugs.

DEA agent removes bricks of cocaine from a ship.
DEA agent removes bricks of cocaine from a ship
This Haitian ship was transporting drugs to the Bahamas when it was boarded and searched. The large amount of drugs was first stacked in the hold of the ship, then removed to a waiting vehicle for transport by DEA to an evidence room.

DEA on the Sea
Smuggling on the sea is one of the three main ways that criminal groups traffic drugs. It is also one of the oldest. Chinese immigrants became the first known drug smugglers when they began smuggling opium in merchant cargoes and baggage. Since then, drug smuggling by maritime routes has grown in size, scope and sophistication. It is estimated that over nine million shipping containers arrive on large cargo ships each year and another 157,000 arrive on smaller vessels in many coastal towns across the U.S. These criminal groups smuggle cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana.

The Early Twentieth Century
The U.S. Coast Guard Destroyer Terry (seen below) was an early 20th Century, 742 ton, three-stack oil burner commissioned in June 1925. She patrolled the waters until October 1930 when she was decommissioned and returned to the Navy. Seen here in 1926 flanking the French rum schooner, Mistinguett, on the North Atlantic Coast outside the twelve-mile limit. Smugglers with foreign registries could not be seized on the high seas until contact was made by fast speedboats that smuggled the contraband into port. This "trailing" method proved most effective. U.S. Coast Guard Destroyer Terry in the early 20th Century
Drug Trade Continues
DEA continues to patrol the waters in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the military. To the right features images from recent history of DEA continuing to track and capture drug smugglers and the illegal drugs. DEA will continue to seek and destroy the drug trade until it is abolished.
Agent under the hull of a ship
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