US Forces Stop 570 Pounds of Cocaine off Panama

first_img View post tag: Panama US Forces Stop 570 Pounds of Cocaine off Panama Authorities View post tag: Cocaine View post tag: pounds View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today US Forces Stop 570 Pounds of Cocaine off Panama View post tag: Navy Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: 570 View post tag: News by topic U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine agents and international partners intercepted a suspicious vessel loaded with 570 pounds of cocaine in international waters off the coast of Panama. The estimated street value of the drugs is more than $42 million.A CBP OAM crew aboard a P-3 Orion fixed-wing aircraft detected a fast-moving panga-type vessel in open waters near Panama City on August 14. The agents provided overhead surveillance as Panamanian law enforcement moved in to intercept the vessel. Authorities arrested three individuals and seized multiple bales of cocaine on the drug-trafficking vessel.In Fiscal Year 2014, CBP’s P-3s operating from Jacksonville, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas, flew nearly 6,000 hours in support of counternarcotic missions resulting in 135 interdiction events of suspected smuggling vessels and aircraft. These events led to the total seizure or disruption of more than 126,000 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $9.47 billion.[mappress mapid=”16778″]Image: CBP View post tag: Stops View post tag: US View post tag: Naval August 28, 2015last_img read more

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Students work for campaigns, political orgs in summer

first_imgBarr Benyamin began discussing politics with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with his father at a young age. His interest in the election process was cemented with the Bush-Gore race of 2000. Now, a senior majoring in political science and business administration, Benyamin has spent his summer interning with the Republican National Committee.Politicos · Intern Alex Yebri, a senior majoring in political science, poses with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. – Photo courtesy of Alex Yebri“I’ve been very passionate about politics for a long time. I’ve considered it as a career for a while,” Benyamin said. “I feel like this summer really affirmed it in my mind. I find it fascinating. Work is never boring. I feel like I have a purpose. I’m working toward something productive rather than just working.”This summer, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics paired at least 30 USC students, including Benyamin, with internships to give them hands-on experience with politics, according to Arthur Auerbach, internship coordinator for “Directed Governmental and Political Leadership Internship” (POSC 395). The course is designed to mix practical experience students receive from their internships with professional skills, such as how to interview and craft resumes.“The one thing I push with students is that they really need to distinguish themselves from other students in terms of taking the next step post-graduation,” Auerbach said. “The main thing is to gain some real-life work experience so they have a better sense of what they want to do after they graduate.”Aaron Taxy, a junior majoring in international relations, began interning with Congressman Howard Berman’s (D) re-election campaign in January. He said his time with the campaign so far has already given him valuable experience, including working on senior outreach before the June primaries, doing research and staffing events.“Since I’ve been on the campaign since January, they’ve definitely given me a really good amount of responsibility,” Taxy said. “They generally like to give interns greater responsibilities because they’re there more frequently than volunteers.”Benyamin worked primarily on web advertisements, doing everything from research to video editing, he said.“I’ve really learned a lot. Anyone that tells you that they haven’t is lying,” Benyamin said. “I’ve learned running a political campaign is a lot more intricate and difficult than it looks. You have hundreds of people behind the scenes doing things that you never even think about.”Both Taxy and Benyamin said their internship experiences have given them an understanding of politics that cannot be achieved simply by taking political science courses.“You can read the news, you can watch the pundit analyze and analyze,” Taxy said. “Only when you’re there, in the moment, can you understand how the internal operation works and just how every piece matters and the success of the election comes down to every single person doing their jobs.”Alex Yebri, a senior majoring in political science, had planned to spend his summer studying for the LSAT when he was offered a position with Mitt Romney’s campaign in Boston. He decided to push back his LSAT plans and to take an internship with the communications team, where he organized press briefings and was a main contact on the press line.“I was going to put politics on the back burner and focus on studying for the LSATs, but when you get an opportunity like this, you can’t pass it up,” Yebri said. “After a couple days of deliberating, I had to say yes.”Taxy plans to continue interning part-time with Congressman Berman through the election to see the campaign all the way to the end.Though he said he does not know what he plans to do after graduating, this internship has provided him with skills and experience to help him in the future.“I don’t know what kind of political job would best suit me, but I’m loving it. I love reaching out to the community. I love the intellectual aspect of policy-making,” Taxy said. “Even if I don’t go into politics after school, this experience will be unbelievably valuable to my future.”Yebri said he still plans to pursue a career in law but has not entirely ruled out continuing to work in politics after his experience with Romney’s campaign.“Working on a campaign is one of the must fulfilling things because, in the end, you feel like you really made a difference and helped a cause greater than yourself,” he said. “Whether it’s a career or something in your free time, I think you’ll get something out of it greater than any other profession.”last_img read more

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