Joint operations throughout the Americas and the redirection of military resources to monitor, detect, and stop drug-laden ships have been key to the Trump administration strategy to fight drug trafficking, which in just seven months removed more than 33 tons of marijuana and 216 tons of cocaine from U.S. streets, the Washington Examiner reported.
In April, amid the CCP virus crisis, President Trump ordered the redirection of military resources to the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to combat the influx of narcotics from all over the Americas into the United States.
Military assets to double counternarcotics operations in the region included Navy destroyers and combat ships, Coast Guard cutters, P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft, and Coast Guard fast response and national security cutters.
In these seven months, SOUTHCOM seized $5.7 billion worth of drugs and arrested over 1,000 traffickers from the Venezuelan government of Maduro who the U.S. government accuses of running a drug cartel instead of a government.
“Venezuela is a narco-state,” said National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien. “For years, Venezuela has flooded the United States with cocaine,” added O’Brien, who said that President Trump asks him almost daily about Venezuela.
In the United States, 70,000 people die of overdoses each year, and this number has increased slightly due to the lockdowns. “Unfortunately, the shutdowns caused by the China virus have led to a recent rise in overdose deaths,” said President Trump.
Another key element in the fight against drug trafficking in the Trump administration is the Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, which is responsible for coordinating training and communication with peers throughout the Americas.
Through Key West, the United States helped its 22 liaison officers from the Caribbean, and Central and South America build their capacity to monitor and effectively respond when a trafficking vessel is identified.
“When we have the information that there is an illicit vessel on the water and we don’t have an asset in place, then we’ll work through those liaison officers from whichever country is the most appropriate for their country to respond” explained group chief Lt. Col. Andrew Ajamian.
The key to this cooperation is the rapid communication between these countries, which allows them to act as soon as a ship suspected of carrying drugs is detected.
There’s the ability for rapid speed of information-sharing amongst partners here,” Ajamian added. “We’re not having to send information from our headquarters to another headquarters to another country that has to go through an embassy and then onto another embassy before I can get somebody of theirs.”
Yet another outstanding achievement of the Trump administration that the mainstream media will not report on.