In this Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Coast Guard officer William Pless communicates on the radio while steering the 45-foot Coast Guard vessel through a dense fog during a patrol off the San Diego coast. Smugglers carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore, where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department.
In this Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Coast Guard officer William Pless communicates on the radio while steering the 45-foot Coast Guard vessel through a dense fog during a patrol off the San Diego coast. Smugglers carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore, where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department. Lenny Ignelzi AP file
In this Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Coast Guard officer William Pless communicates on the radio while steering the 45-foot Coast Guard vessel through a dense fog during a patrol off the San Diego coast. Smugglers carry multi-ton loads of cocaine and marijuana hundreds of miles offshore, where the lead federal agency with extensive law enforcement powers is the Coast Guard, a military service roughly the size of the New York Police Department. Lenny Ignelzi AP file

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