The border patrol watched as the goods were tossed over the side.
“Let's move on these guys. What are we waiting for?” The officer obviously didn't understand the rules of the game.
“Our orders are to wait and that's what we'll do,” replied his superior.
Once the boat had unloaded its cargo, the border patrol gave chase. It was a half-hearted effort. They soon circled back around to pick up the contraband.
The following day, headlines in the morning paper read “100 Kilos of Cocaine Seized, Suspects Elude Capture.” The smugglers had dumped their cargo less than 200 yards from shore.
Hector read the headline but knew better. He was there. If his unit had wanted to, they could have easily captured the cargo and the smugglers. Something was not right, but he couldn't quite put his finger on it. He requested a meeting with his unit commander to discuss the situation but was quickly and quietly transferred to a remote post before the meeting could take place.
The packages of cocaine were clearly marked as coming from the Lobos cartel. The border patrol took full credit for the seizure.
The usual protocol with confiscated drugs was that they would be turned over to government security forces to be incinerated at an undisclosed facility. Once security forces took possession of the drugs they would disappear from public view and media coverage would end.
One week after the drugs were turned over to security forces a lone helicopter was heard by local farmers some twenty miles from the nearest town. It touched down in a remote field where two vehicles were waiting. 100 kilos of cocaine were offloaded and placed in the trunks of the two vehicles.
A suitcase was passed from one of the vehicles to a man waiting in the helicopter. He opened it and assessed the amount of American dollars. Word was then passed to one of the drivers instructing him to relay a message to Carlos Lobos that it was nice doing business with him. The payment was sufficient and that the shipping containers being loaded tomorrow morning for a U.S. destination would not be inspected either here or at their final destination.
Carlos Lobos was happy to hear the news but was beginning to grow quite unhappy with the frequency and the increasing amount of extortion money demanded by security forces. This was a high stakes game and Carlos was about to raise them. He ordered hits on several government officials but Carlos had underestimated the sophistication of government security forces surveillance techniques. It was now time to pay Carlos Lobos a late night visit.
A well planned operation effectively dismantled the Lobos cartel. Security forces raided the cartels main warehouse, Killed Carlos Lobos at his home and confiscated an undisclosed amount of cash and cocaine. The headlines were very favorable to security forces. The cash disappeared and the drugs were “Disposed of”, most likely to another cartel under the security forces thumb.
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