The largest cocaine seizure in New York in 25 years
March 12, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Crates supposedly carrying dried fruit from Colombia were holding tens of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine. During a routine interdiction, the agents found 3,200 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container that arrived at the Port of New York and New Jersey on Feb. 28. These drugs had an estimated street value of $77 million. This significant seizure happens to be the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994.
After agents boarded the ship, they inspected several containers and noticed the sealing tampered pins, destined for a shipping container. Agents x-rayed the container, opened it discovered the cocaine. The cocaine was concealed behind boxes of dried fruit. The cargo ship arrived in Newark from Buena Ventura, Colombia, and its next stop was Antwerp, Belgium.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is trying to identify the source of the drugs and who loaded it onto the ship. Investigators are looking at several organizations who could be responsible and, eventually, they expect arrests. The resurgence of cocaine is expected because of the surplus in Colombia was used to eradicate coca plants, but is no longer done, resulting in an abundance of supply. The agencies are trying to determine if the cocaine was meant for the United States or Europe.
“Cocaine, New York’s archenemy of the 90s, is back-indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. “This record-breaking seizure draws attention to this new threat and shows law enforcement’s collaborative efforts in seizing illicit drugs before it gets to the streets and into users’ hands.”
There’s no doubt that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow. The bust is the third major seizure announced by U.S. authorities in a matter of weeks.
In early Feb, the Maricopa, Arizona, County Sheriff’s Office declared that they had seized 3,500 pounds of marijuana and over 220 pounds of meth near Gila Bend when two trucks swerved around a border patrol check and tried to elude authorities in a desert chase. By pooling information, resources and expertise, the agencies try to protect the public from accessing this contraband and can save lives. Law enforcement partners continue to battle the drug menace which keeps on devastating communities.
However, the information possessed by the arrested suspects needs to be uncovered and used efficiently in order to uncover intelligence about the smuggling and trafficking organizations they belong to. The challenge is that current investigative methods are costly, time-consuming, require manpower and may involve torture sometime. Thus, a modern and foolproof intelligence gathering mechanism based on scientific methods is required.
Brainwave Science is a company whose aim is to enable investigative agencies across the world to cut costs, reduce manpower requirements, reduce the number of pending cases, to help exonerate the innocent and to help get the guilty punished. What if law enforcers could tap into a suspect’s mind and “read” the invisible clues that link him or her to a crime? Brainwave Science has developed and now market a technology named iCognative. Through this technology, investigators can identify or exonerate suspects based on measuring their brain-wave responses to crime-related images, words or phrases which are displayed on a computer screen. These inputs are also called stimuli.
In this case, when suspects are arrested, can be made to undergo an iCognative test. The stimuli to be used in such a test are details related to the containers and its contents (fruits), the shipper’s details in Colombia and the receiver’s details in Belgium, phone call and location details of the persons when they are arrested pictures and details of known drug traffickers who work on the same route and use the same methods, details and pictures of known and recently busted Colombian cocaine processing facilities.
iCognative has been tested by several US Federal Government agencies and found to be over extremely accurate. It is the latest in technological crime solving. iCognative provides an accurate and reliable process to conduct criminal investigations without invasive procedures and biases. iCognative is a technology which can help all departments such as law enforcement, national security, border control, immigration, cybercrime, fraud, espionage, counter-terrorism, human and drug trafficking.
The results of iCognative are 99.9% accurate, fully reliable and are rid of any false-positives or false-positives. The technology declares results in two outcomes, either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’. This represents if crime-related information in known to the test subject or it is not.
The test subject is made to wear a specialized headset and shown the stimuli on a computer screen. Upon seeing the familiar stimulus, the test subject’s brain responds to the same and causes unique electrical activity which is measured by the headset. If the stimulus is unfamiliar then the brain response is different. The iCognative computer analyses the brain responses and reports a result at the end of a 45-minute test. Using this test, not only can the investigating agencies determine if the test subject possesses crime-specific information or not, but also help identify the structure and the hierarchy of the criminal organizations that the suspects may belong to.
iCognative is applicable for intelligence gathering by all sorts of law enforcement departments as it has been found to be applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases.
In the iCognative test of each of the arrested trafficking suspects, the stimuli can be trafficking-related details like the entry and exit ports of the drug shipments in Colombia, New York and Europe, places where these drugs are known to be processed like labs, known peddlers further down the supply chain, busted drug labs, known details of traffickers higher up or lower down the supply chain, CCTV, email and phone records of the four men, etc.
The use of iCognative on a national and international scale with cooperation from European, North and South American nations can help to quickly discover linkages between organizations, understand supply chains, detect traffickers and their modus operandi.
iCognative is the best and most efficient way to gather the most amount of intelligence in this huge and opportune bust.
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