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Coast Guard Seizes 2 Tons of Cocaine ~~ intercepted a submarine-like vessel in the Pacific ocean
Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 15, 2005 at 8:47:51 PDT | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted on 09/15/2005 11:22:38 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard acting on Colombian intelligence intercepted a submarine-like vessel in the Pacific ocean carrying more than 2 tons of cocaine, Colombia's anti-narcotics police said Thursday.

The cocaine was seized Wednesday aboard "a type of submarine vessel" sailing off the coast of the Ecuadorean-owned Galapagos Islands, Gen. Alberto Gomez, the anti-narcotics police chief, told local RCN radio.

He said further details were not immediately available.

Separately, 2.5 tons of cocaine were discovered Wednesday hidden in the oil tanks of a ship docked in the Colombian Pacific port of Buenaventura, Adm. Jairo Pena, commander of Colombia's Pacific fleet, said in a statement. Eight suspects were arrested.

He said the cocaine was likely going to be taken to Central America from where it would be shipped on to the United States.

Colombian authorities have caught drug traffickers using subs on several occasions. They are usually small, fiberglass vessels that travel just below the surface. But in 2000, police on a raid of a warehouse near Bogota were stunned to find a 100-foot-long (30.5-meter-long) steel submarine being built to transport up to 150 tons of cocaine.

Colombia is the world's biggest produce of cocaine and a major supplier of heroin to the United States. The Colombian navy has this year seized a record 46 tons of cocaine.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cocaine; drugtrafficking; narcoterrorists; pacific; submarine; uscg; wod; wodlist

1 posted on 09/15/2005 11:22:41 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
What the hell is "submarine like"?

It's a submarine or it's not.

2 posted on 09/15/2005 11:24:29 AM PDT by bikepacker67
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Bill Clinton is deeply saddened.
3 posted on 09/15/2005 11:25:09 AM PDT by defenderSD (At half past midnight, the ghost of Vince Foster wanders through the West Wing.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Depth charges.


4 posted on 09/15/2005 11:26:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The cocaine was seized Wednesday aboard "a type of submarine vessel" sailing off the coast of the Ecuadorean-owned Galapagos Islands, Gen. Alberto Gomez, the anti-narcotics police chief, told local RCN radio.

OK, now that's scary. Perfect way get a WMD close to shore. Thank God we have the brave men and women of the US Coast Guard out there.

5 posted on 09/15/2005 11:26:07 AM PDT by JimWforBush (Alcohol - For the best times you'll never remember)
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To: bikepacker67
It's a submarine or it's not.

LOL, my reaction exactly.
6 posted on 09/15/2005 11:26:22 AM PDT by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: bikepacker67

Kinda looks like this. http://www.ussubs.com/

Runs both above and below the water.


7 posted on 09/15/2005 11:26:55 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bad news for the 1986 Mets.


8 posted on 09/15/2005 11:27:34 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: bikepacker67

9 posted on 09/15/2005 11:27:37 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wow


10 posted on 09/15/2005 11:28:00 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: bikepacker67

Consider the possibilities of technology and the profits from cocaine which could be used to develop a sub-type underwater vehicle. Of course, 2 tons is a lot of weight...


11 posted on 09/15/2005 11:28:07 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: bikepacker67

Similar to being "pregnant-like".


12 posted on 09/15/2005 11:28:55 AM PDT by i_dont_chat (Our President's intervention saved lives.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Lol....the Disney company had beter not be involved in this.


13 posted on 09/15/2005 11:29:49 AM PDT by defenderSD (At half past midnight, the ghost of Vince Foster wanders through the West Wing.)
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To: edcoil

Damn....wonder who is buying those?


14 posted on 09/15/2005 11:29:50 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The plan would have worked if some of the crew had not been snorting the contents of thier submarine and ran into a Columbian drug patrol boat.


15 posted on 09/15/2005 11:30:00 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

LOL!


16 posted on 09/15/2005 11:30:40 AM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I remember there was a thread about 8 years ago on FR about some Colombians being caught trying to build a submarine. I guess they did it.
17 posted on 09/15/2005 11:30:45 AM PDT by TBall
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To: JimWforBush
Perfect way get a WMD close to shore.

Cocaine IS a WMD!

18 posted on 09/15/2005 11:30:54 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Was it yellow?


19 posted on 09/15/2005 11:31:11 AM PDT by No Longer Free State (Saddam Hussein harboured and paid terrorists. Any questions?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
..maybe they could disguise the coke-carrying subs, as "Endangered" HUMPBACK/RIGHT/PILOT WHALES....The USA's Navy,Coast Guard couldn't touch 'em. :D
20 posted on 09/15/2005 11:31:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: bikepacker67
They were working to improve their vessels....

But in 2000, police on a raid of a warehouse near Bogota were stunned to find a 100-foot-long (30.5-meter-long) steel submarine being built to transport up to 150 tons of cocaine.

Colombia is the world's biggest produce of cocaine and a major supplier of heroin to the United States.

21 posted on 09/15/2005 11:31:35 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: TBall

It was about 5 years ago.


22 posted on 09/15/2005 11:33:31 AM PDT by TBall
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Those pesky criminals are getting sneaky with a "submarine-like" vehicle to transport their product.


23 posted on 09/15/2005 11:38:38 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Hey, I was there back about 1967.


24 posted on 09/15/2005 11:40:32 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
steel submarine being built to transport up to 150 tons of cocaine.

The Colombian navy has this year seized a record 46 tons of cocaine.

What's wrong with this picture? Can you say drop in the bucket?

Interdiction as a means of eliminating illegal drugs is a boatload of cr@p.

25 posted on 09/15/2005 11:40:46 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: JimRed

*sigh*, you know what I mean. I hope.


26 posted on 09/15/2005 11:41:03 AM PDT by JimWforBush (Alcohol - For the best times you'll never remember)
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To: bikepacker67

No diving capability? if so, "submarine like" might not be a totally inaccurate description. I'm guessing it's a crude device that has to take on air from above the surface, either by air tubes or by surfacing above the water at needed intervals.







27 posted on 09/15/2005 11:43:24 AM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: edcoil
Great link!

These are "used" ones for sale!

28 posted on 09/15/2005 11:44:12 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It would be much simpler to load a cargo ship with 20 tons of cocaine, tell Mayor Nagin it's food and water and they would like him to personally welcome them into the newly opened New Orleans Harbor.

Nagin would bring in his police force for the "show" and they could all be taken below deck for "entertainment' while Nagin is topside telling reporters how he has personally arranged for the shipment and saved his city all while Bush could care less.

29 posted on 09/15/2005 11:44:46 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

In response to the reduction in cocaine supply, a Democrat congressman has introduced legislation to prevent coke dealers from price gouging customers...


30 posted on 09/15/2005 11:44:52 AM PDT by The Clemson Tiger (Hold that Tiger!)
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To: The Clemson Tiger
In response to the reduction in cocaine supply, a Democrat congressman has introduced legislation to prevent coke dealers from price gouging customers...

During a question-and-answer session, the Congressman was asked if he believed the suppliers were doing all that they could to help their customers.

"I don't believe a word of it!" he snorted.

Cheers!

31 posted on 09/15/2005 11:49:01 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://www.gawker.com/news/drugs/index.php#kate-moss-in-cocaine-nonshocker-contd-125768

Kate Moss is freaking out right now.....


32 posted on 09/15/2005 11:49:58 AM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: planekT
I'm guessing it's a crude device that has to take on air from above the surface, either by air tubes or by surfacing above the water at needed intervals.

So was the Hunley.

33 posted on 09/15/2005 11:58:48 AM PDT by bikepacker67
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To: edcoil

Pretty neat stuff. I had no idea you could buy anything like that.


34 posted on 09/15/2005 12:03:58 PM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: planekT

Probably trying to escape radar detection. Put only non-conductive parts above water.


35 posted on 09/15/2005 12:10:34 PM PDT by Iris7 ("A pig's gotta fly." - Porco Rosso)
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To: FeliciaCat

Wild site.


36 posted on 09/15/2005 12:18:16 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yes it is...run by a bunch of lefty kids, but I swear some of their stuff is VERY funny. Page Six.com (NY Post) and Gawker.com are my two web "vices" - gotta read both daily ;)



37 posted on 09/15/2005 12:22:05 PM PDT by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump for later reading


38 posted on 09/15/2005 12:22:17 PM PDT by Kevin OMalley (No, not Freeper#95235, Freeper #1165: Charter member, What Was My Login Club.)
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To: bikepacker67

a boat with a leak, I suppose.


39 posted on 09/15/2005 12:23:38 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (A good friend helps you move. A great friend helps you move a body.)
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To: bikepacker67
What the hell is "submarine like"?

Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile?

40 posted on 09/15/2005 12:24:55 PM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Ditto

Ding, ding, ding... we have a winner folks!


41 posted on 09/15/2005 12:41:27 PM PDT by SpyGuy ("Til death do us part" was never intended to be a license to kill.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hell, the columbians could probably buy an old Kilo class, complete with crew, from the Russians. Or rent one from their active duty navy. Probably cost a lot less than building their own.


42 posted on 09/15/2005 1:51:54 PM PDT by PsyOp (After things go from bad to worse, the cycle will repeat.)
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To: Ditto
Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile? Mayor Nagin's busses are in the running as well.
43 posted on 09/15/2005 4:08:01 PM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: bikepacker67
One of the Bill Clinton "nose like a vacuum cleaner" fleet in question:


44 posted on 09/15/2005 5:09:33 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: i_dont_chat

Similar to being "pregnant-like".

Hey!!! I resemble that remark.


45 posted on 09/15/2005 7:14:11 PM PDT by moog
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To: planekT

I think that we had a similar posting a year or so ago with pics of a couple of the vessles.

IIRC, they were really "semi-submersables" which are ballasted to ride low in the water so that very little if any of the hull is exposed, with only a small conning tower above the surface.

I think a sub would be a hoot. And if a storm came up, you could just submerge and ride it out under the waves and wind.

YOu'd have to really know your navigation though, so as not to impact undersea obstacles (like the Navy did recently) or surface under a ship. (Gee; the Navy did that too not all that long ago, didn't they?)

Now the USCG will have to get a fleet of attack subs to counter this threat!


46 posted on 09/15/2005 7:28:34 PM PDT by Uncle Jaque (Vigilance!)
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To: Uncle Jaque

LOL. Some while back, about 7-10 years ago we put in at Port Aransas and headed out and sitting centered on top the end of the jetti was a nice Bertram, about a 46 footer. That must have been a shocker. They had to have hit it practically dead on at speed to accomplish that.

We heard later they repaired the boat right there on the jetti and put it back in the water. From what we could see the boat didn't look all that damaged. Tough boat.


47 posted on 09/16/2005 5:09:07 AM PDT by planekT (What a mess.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Two tons is a good hit. That probably does more to keep prices up and availability from rising more than locking up thousands of people caught selling a gram or two. Last year I think they popped something like thirty seven tons from boats in the span of about three or four months. That's a good thing. More often than not when measuring tonnage of drugs they seem to use metric tons. There are a million grams in one metric ton. That' a lot.

We will never win the war on drugs. The best we can hope to do with a drug like cocaine is keep it relatively expensive so fewer people will try it and fewer who do try it are able to afford enough of it to become addicted. The way to do that is with huge seizures. Those are the only kind that hurt the drug cartels, and they're the only kind that can put a dent in supply, although obviously not enough of a dent to keep the stuff off our streets entirely.


48 posted on 09/17/2005 11:30:01 AM PDT by TKDietz
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