The next sin: Drug trade on the rise

Fiji authorities recovered over 12 kgs of cocaine in 2018.

Between Mexico and Australia is 165 million square kilometers of ocean.

In that vast expanse of sea, travelling west and far from the eyes of police, navy and other law enforcement agencies, a precious cargo finds its way through porous borders into the lives of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders.

Until the 1990s, Pacific Island countries were mere hubs in the trans-Pacific drug trade. Small, uninhabited islands became staging points where drugs were hidden by crews operating mainly out of the United States.

Yachts on apparently innocent voyages through the Pacific . . .

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