Skip to comments.Coast Guard Seizes 2 Tons of Cocaine ~~ intercepted a submarine-like vessel in the Pacific ocean
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.
It's a submarine or it's not.
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.
Kinda looks like this. http://www.ussubs.com/
Runs both above and below the water.
Bad news for the 1986 Mets.
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...
Similar to being "pregnant-like".
Lol....the Disney company had beter not be involved in this.
Damn....wonder who is buying those?
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.
Cocaine IS a WMD!
Was it yellow?
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.
It was about 5 years ago.
Those pesky criminals are getting sneaky with a "submarine-like" vehicle to transport their product.
Hey, I was there back about 1967.
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.
*sigh*, you know what I mean. I hope.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Moss is freaking out right now.....
So was the Hunley.
Pretty neat stuff. I had no idea you could buy anything like that.
Probably trying to escape radar detection. Put only non-conductive parts above water.
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 ;)
bump for later reading
a boat with a leak, I suppose.
Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile?
Ding, ding, ding... we have a winner folks!
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.
Similar to being "pregnant-like".
Hey!!! I resemble that remark.
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!
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.
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.