Calif. drill an eerie reflection of recent events

The Coastal Trident 2012 exercise, which combined drug interdiction and counterterrorism efforts was planned long before a rash of drug-smuggling incidents

By Cindy Von Quednow
Ventura County Star

In a drill that could have been ripped from this week's headlines, authorities pretended a Filipino terrorist group had joined with a Mexican cartel to bring chemical weapons and drugs to Ventura County.

After chemicals leaked and contaminated the smuggling boat, several maritime and law enforcement agencies responded. Those on board were decontaminated and then arrested.

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