Top 5 Biggest Drug Seizures. These are the 5 biggest drug seizures ever that we could find. These drug seizures of all kinds of stimulants are the biggest we came across!
5. Heroin – Opium – Hashish – $1.1 Billion
When Afghan authorities seized literally tons of heroin, opium, and hashish worth $1.1 billion, 63 terrorists were killed, 10 insurgents arrested, and 14 hostages were set free. Bomb making materials were also found on site. The chemicals essential to making heroin and a processing lab were destroyed after the bust.
4. 30 Tons of Captagon Pill Material – $1.6 Billion
Captagon is the brand name of a pill that uses the ingredient phenethylline, a synthetic drug used as a stimulant (otherwise known as an “upper”). In 2010, in a series of operations to take down the sale and transfer of the material, several arrests stopped 10.54 million Captagon tablets, as well as other drugs, from entering Saudi Arabia. Smuggling illegal drugs is taken so seriously in the Middle-East that Saudi Arabia has imposed capital punishments on drug traffickers.
3. Escobar's Cocaine – $2.2 Billion
Pablo Escobar transported his drugs with his massive fleet of vehicles, including helicopters, planes, boats—and even a submarine. A lot of the white stuff was made in Tranquilandia, an eponymous secret jungle laboratory complete with its own airstrips, a personal army, dormitories and off-the-grid water and electricity. By following tracking devices hidden on Escobar's raw materials, agents were able to find and invade the location and seize 14 tons of cocaine worth over $2.2 billion.
2. 1080 Pounds of Heroin – $4 Billion
San Fran's junkie population got a little involuntary detox when authorities made the biggest heroin bust ever. TV crews got footage of the 59 boxes filled with 1,059 pounds of China white heroin that had just made the long journey from Thailand and landed in the Bay Area with a street value somewhere in the range of $2.7 billion and $4 billion. More than the DEA's entire budget for 2010…
1. 21.4 Tons of Cocaine – $6 Billion
In a warehouse located in an upscale California residential community in the foothills of of the San Gabriel mountains, the cops cuffed big time cartel kingpin Rafael Munoz Talavera in 1989. A record-breaking 21 tons of cocaine was found; enough to cut five lines for every American…