The Nation: The New England Connection

Drug smuggling moves north along the Atlantic Coast

It was ludicrously out of place, a white shrimp boat with canvas canopy chugging through the Gulf of Maine, 120 miles northeast of Boston. It flew no flag, bore no name and carried no fishing gear. The reason the craft had sailed so far north became immediately apparent once suspicious Coast Guard officers went aboard and sniffed the air: below deck were 859 burlap bales containing 25 tons of pot (estimated market value: $15 million).

The capture of the shrimp boat and its Spanish-speaking crew this month was the largest single drug seizure ever made...

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