The USCG seems to be pleased with themselves for interupting the supply of narcotics to the retail market.https://gcaptain.com/record-haul-uscg-offloads-cocaine-and-marijuana-worth-more-than-1-4-billion-in-port-everglades/
But what do they really achieve?
The interruption will drive the street price up. More street crime to pay for the “habit”. The suppliers loose nothing. They have sold to the shippers. Even if this setback puts one shipper out of business another will risk everything because the payoff is so huge. The industry will not collapse and people stop demanding narcotics. Nothing changes.
As seafarers (professional and leisure) we know that if something doesn’t work we don’t do it again. Yet at 64 I have been reading the same drugs story all my life. “Authorities boast about arresting a drugs shipment” (whilst the trade continues). Nothing changes. Would any sane mariner sign up with a captain who’s track record is 60 years of failing to make port without a major incident? I do not need to ask. Yet is seems the authorities have total faith in such a monster.
I suggest it is time to do things a different way.