DEA's South Pacific Adventures

It may be Sequester time for the rest of us, but not the DEA. It's moved on from Africa to the South Pacific. Why? To catch cocaine going from South America to Vanuatu in the South Pacific with a final destination of Australia.

U.S.-Australian cooperation with authorities in Vanuatu, Tonga, the Cook Islands, and New Caledonia have resulted in almost 2 tons of cocaine destined for Australia being seized from five vessels since 2010.

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    Next you will report... (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by kdog on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:33:54 AM EST
    a DEA seizure of blow destined for Santa's elves at the North Pole...the DEA is everywhere except the poles.

    Ri-god damn-diculous...with no end in sight.  Thanks a lot Nixon and every crook since.

    And our prez brews his own drugs... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Dadler on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 11:34:47 AM EST
    ...right there in the White House. I truly do not understand this cat's dysfunction, except to the extent I am confused by my own.

    What black man who admits to smoking weed and more, STILL, in 2013, allows his DEA to do this sh*t?

    A very weak personality, that's who.


    Yeah, well, weed ruined his life, y'know... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Mr Natural on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 02:41:40 PM EST
    with the usual results, a lack of ambition, damaged social life, impaired cognitive ability, no career to speak of...

    Isn't Donald out somewhere (none / 0) (#3)
    by fishcamp on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:31:51 PM EST
    in the South Pacific?  Farther from his normal air conditioned Hawaii.  

    Our very own (5.00 / 4) (#6)
    by Zorba on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:12:37 PM EST
    DEA seems to have decided that they're the drug watchdogs for the entire world. Ugh!

    They'd bust Marvin.. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by kdog on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:26:10 PM EST
    for a nickel bag on Mars to justify an unjustifiable budget...or at least the crew on the International Space Station.

    Heh (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by bmaz on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:20:47 PM EST
    DEA has been doing that for a very long time; people just don't pay attention to them. The DEA is now, and arguable has been for decades, the most ruthless and competent three letter agency the Feds operate. And their understanding and use of technology and electronics has been second only to NSA for all of that.

    Just imagine (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by NYShooter on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:46:39 PM EST
    If they were Incompetent; drugs would be more plentiful, higher quality, and cheaper than ever. Also, Governments and police agencies would be corrupted, countless murders would be occurring daily, treasuries would be drained of funds for schools, roads, and help for the needy, and prisons would be packed to triple capacity.

    Thank God we're winning.


    If asked, I believe the DEA (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Visteo1 on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 10:11:35 AM EST
    would be able to connect the dots on how this supply side bust half a world away is helping with the drug problem on US soil.

    If asked why the countless drug houses, drug- related killings and robberies in my backyard seem as bad or worse than ever after decades of actions; their answer might get really interesting.  I would love to hear it.


    I think during this period (none / 0) (#18)
    by Visteo1 on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 10:30:35 AM EST
    of sequesters, it is time we take a long look at the budget and decide how taxpayer money could be better spent.  Following any across the board cuts, any resposible organization would evaluate the effect of those cuts and make adjustments.

    I guess the key word here is responsible.


    Is Australia footing the bill? (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by unitron on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:53:40 PM EST
    Or "Vanuatu (sic), Tonga, the Cook Islands, and New Caledonia...", since the coke doesn't seem to be passing through anywhere for which the US is responsible.

    LOL... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by kdog on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 01:05:44 PM EST
    you funny unitron.

    Add Aussie cokeheads and dealers to the ever-growing list of people with good reason to hate us.


    thanks, I fixed the spelling (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 03:23:17 PM EST
    in the picture and post. It's Vanuatu.

    By the way, JM... (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by unitron on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:42:35 PM EST
    ..."NZ police affidavits show use of PRISM for surveillance"

    "Police affidavits related to the raid on Kim Dotcom's Mega mansion appear to show that New Zealand police and spy agencies are able to tap directly into United States surveillance systems such as PRISM to capture email and other traffic."

    Story here


    yes, I read all the documents today (none / 0) (#14)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 07:50:12 PM EST
    and will write about it later tonight or tomorrow. Thanks.

    I assumed... (none / 0) (#11)
    by unitron on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:39:48 PM EST
    ...that it was ABC's misspelling.

    As Unitron (5.00 / 3) (#10)
    by lentinel on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:37:13 PM EST
    asks - I too would like to know who is paying for this excellent adventure.

    If we, the American taxpayer, are paying even one centavo for this romp by a bunch of fellows who never grew up, we should demand an accounting.

    You know they fight over these trips... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Aspidistra on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 04:51:40 PM EST
    These are hotly desired assignments.

    For those of you who are wondering how much we the taxpayers are shelling out for this nonsense, a three-week trip to the Pacific at federal government rates will cost about $20,000 (I'm being conservative).  So if, say, half a dozen agents go to Vanuatu to set this thing up that's $120,000 right there.

    Anyone here think the DEA agents made just one trip to the Pacific for this oh-so-attractive project?  Yeah, me neither.