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7074: DRUGS ON THE MIAMI RIVER (fwd)
From: nozier <email@example.com>
Published Friday, February 16, 2001, in the Miami Herald
DRUGS ON THE MIAMI RIVER
November 1999-June 2000: Customs agents targeting ships originating
seize about 6,000 pounds of cocaine on 12 ships, including over 500
welded into the ballast tanks of a 150-foot freighter.
July 1997: Five men are murdered on the 150-foot freighter Vanderpool
by men who demand to know where drugs are hidden. No drugs are found,
later that year the ship's former owners are arrested, accused of
December 1988: U.S. Customs Service agents in Miami confiscate 4,792
of cocaine hidden in a Panamanian freighter docked along the Miami
next day, agents confiscate another 1,941 pounds of cocaine from a
1987-1988: Customs agents board at least 336 vessels and seize more
4,000 pounds of cocaine.
May 1986: Authorities raid a Miami River marina and find a shipment of
Colombian cocaine aboard a shrimp boat in drydock. Two suspected drug
smugglers escape, but a third is seized, along with 1,300 pounds of
three men are connected to an international gang.