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Coast Guard offloads more than $721 million of seized coke in San Diego

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Crewmembers of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton pulled into port at San Diego Thursday with more than $721 million worth of cocaine, more than 47,000 pounds, from 23 interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central and South America.

“The threat of transnational organized crime is a danger no one ship, agency, country or person can address alone,” said Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, the commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area.

“We stand alongside our interagency and international partners resolved in a shared purpose to protect those harmed by these dangerous drugs and bring the criminals who smuggle them to justice,” the admiral said.

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The haul aboard Stratton, home ported in Alameda, California, included seizures by Canada’s HMCS Nanaimo, homeported in Esquimalt, British Colombia, as well as from five interdictions by the Astoria, Oregon-based Cutter Steadfast, five from the Key West, Florida-based Cutter Mohawk, five from Portsmouth, Virginia-base Cutter Northland and two from Key West-based Cutter Thetis.

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Stratton’s own haul of 12,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $165 million was from five interdictions during its two-month patrol, including stopping two low profile go-fast boats in three days. The go-fast boats were found with more than $5,800 pounds of coke worth more than $78 million.

The Coast Guard said its success is the product of new tactics.

Beginning in June, Coast Guard ships have stopped 13 of these low profile go-fast boats and two self-propelled semi-submersible barges. These go-fast boats are a new generation of speed boats that are modified for smuggling with hulls lying extremely in the water in order to reduce their radar signature.

These go-fast boats have multiple engines to generate high speeds and are painted so as to blend into the water.

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Tommy Tuberville Says “We Can’t Worry About China Right Now”

Even though they allowed the disease to spread.

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Former football coach and Alabama US Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville said that “we can’t worry about China right now” in a radio appearance with Talk 99.5’s “Matt and Aunie Show on Thursday.

When asked by hosts about the implications of the global coronavirus epidemic on the United States’ relationship with China, Tuberville said, “Well, we can’t worry about China right now. We’ve gotta worry about Alabama and this country.

Tuberville is currently running to represent Alabama in the United States Senate, although he’s been registered as a Florida voter in the past.

His comments on China policy will leave many Americans concerned with the nation’s role in the coronavirus epidemic unsatisfied. Certainly, containing the epidemic in this country is the priority, but a wide range of conservatives and China hawks have already begun to discuss the need to fundamentally reevaluate the United States’ relationship with China. The damage already inflicted upon American society and the global economy does present a pressing case that such a question is in fact urgent.

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Tuberville is running for Senator, not Governor. He could be forgiven if he was running for an office not entrusted with high-level foreign policy responsibilities, but Senators in the coming months and years will be entrusted with developing China policy that recognizes the authoritarian communist nation’s role in allowing and covering up the global coronavirus epidemic.

Contrasting in stark fashion, Tuberville’s opponent for the Republican nomination for US Senate in Alabama, Jeff Sessions, has called for a congressional select committee to investigate China’s role in covering up the dangers posed to the world by the coronavirus, the virus’ origin in Wuhan, and potentially lying about the casualties incurred as a result of the disease in China.

If Alabama voters want a Republican Senator who is going to be tough on China, it doesn’t look like Tommy Tuberville is up to task.

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