Sequester promises more cocaine in America
Lieutenant Commander Corey Barker of the United States Navy announced last week that, as part of the $85 billion in forced sequestration budget cuts, at least two warships responsible for intercepting drug traffickers in the Caribbean would be indefinitely suspended from deployment.
This means that when the two ships are scheduled back to their harbors, the Navy will not send out replacement ships to continue policing those slow-motion submarines and high-speed boats attempting to deliver cocaine from South America to the U.S.
“The cancellation and deferment of ship deployments to 4th Fleet is unfortunate,” Barker said. “We will remain hopeful that Congress will act so we can recover and continue those missions.”
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp added that the kibosh put on the mission, known as Operation Martillo, would definitely allow drug smugglers to do more stateside business. (The operation kept 60 tons of cocaine and 25,000 pounds of marijuana out of the United States in 2012.) Which, the Virginian-Pilot notes, is as much of an issue for sleepy suburbs on the east coast as it is the inner-city.
Although some might argue that more access to blow could make the prospect of a government shutdown a little less depressing.
Officials say Operation Martillo’s frigates should be back in their harbors by April. Hear that drug traffickers? Time to make it rain.