Skip to comments.Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter busts sub packed with cocaine
Posted on 03/03/2011 10:18:39 PM PST by george76
MORE THAN 335 MILES OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA - A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett pulled up alongside the 35-foot-long submarine and tried to hail the crew in both English and Spanish.
The Midgett took the four sub crewmembers onboard the cutter. The men told the Coast Guard the vessel was from Colombia - and the purpose of their voyage was to transport cocaine.
The next morning, the Coast Guard boarded the vessel and found 300 bales of what was later determined to be cocaine - 6,000 kilograms in all.
All in a day's work for the cutter Midgett. The cuttter's home port is Seattle but came across the sub while returning from a patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
(Excerpt) Read more at katu.com ...
Coast Guard Cutter Midgett interdicts a 35-foot self-propelled semi-submersible vessel
Charlie Sheen and half of Hollywood is in mourning.
Right On Seattle!
I didn’t know our Coast Guard operated off Costa Rica.
Way to go! Midgett!
Colombia to Seattle seems an awfully long voyage (@3600 nautical miles) for a 4 man mini-sub to make. I’ve got to wonder if the thing has a mother ship, or if there are a number of hidden fueling stops along the way.
Not an expert on these things, though.
Whoops! Totally misread the story. Sorry!
*slinks off, red-faced*
Huh? 335 NM off the coast of Costa Rica is *in* the eastern pacific. California is in the eastern pacific. The whole west coast of north and south America is the eastern pacific.
That was my stomping grounds when I was a Coastie... many, many moons ago.
That’s a LOT of coke! Does anyone know the street value of a gram? Or whatever unit they use?
There's a lot about our Coast Guard that most people don't know. Yes, we operate throughout the pacific ocean. From north, central and south america out to Tahiti and the west Pac.
There's some other things they do, undercover and plainclothes, that would be fun to talk about. But I should probabaly stop there.
Dang, what’s the Midgett doing off the west coast? It belongs on the east coast.
The Midgett’s are descendants of shipwrecked sailors along the NC outer banks who made their home there and later many were part of the US Lifesaving Service there along the coast, the predecessor to the US Coast Guard.
that stuff is bad for ones heart. theres a reason why some
folks die of heart attacks in their 50’s and its not always
naturally occurring heart disease.
stay out the nose candy..
Long run to Tahiti for the Coast Guard ?
With intercepts like this, one would think the war drugs wouldn’t be much of a war at all, but instead a brief, but total beat down.
Must be this sort of thing:
Heh... but yah, the CGC Midgett has been home-ported in Seattle for a couple decades now.
But worth the trip. :-)
Not that I have a problem with them busting drug runners on the open seas BUT is there some sort of treaty amongst nations that authorizes this activity by our Coast Guard? If the semi-submersible had chosen to maintain their coarse could the Coasties taken measures to stop them?
There are also cases of people who have died of heart failure after their first time using cocaine. Len Bias is probably one of the more notable cases.
One would think. I figure this (and my numbers are way obsolete by about twenty years) to be about 300M worth of coke. That's a lot of coke, though, by any measure.
But the brutal truth is that, like when I was in, the USCG catches about 2% of the total cocaine traffic. For the producers it is merely a cost of doing business. Who wouldn't love to be in a business where a 300 million dollar loss was an "acceptable cost" of doing business?
The money is too amazingly big. That's the problem, and that's why it will forever be a losing game.
>> The money is too amazingly big.
And hence, in my jumbled opinion, the reason for an imperfect systematic approach to the problem.
Future citizens. I kid you not. Rock solid case that they will be targets if returned to Colombia, thereby making them instant refugees. Just in time to get green-carded and vote for Obama in 2012.
Yes, there is. But, at 300+ NM from shore that boat is in International waters. If they're not flying a home port flag they're fair game. If they ARE flying a home port flag, it then depends on the country where the ship is registered. If they're registered in Costa Rica, or Columbia, Nicaragua... and such, the U.S. has treaties with those nations that give the USCG permission to board their vessels at sea, in international waters or for some, even within the territorial water of that country. It varies.
The money is so outrageous... that it corrupts everyone it touches.
When you can fly into a country with enough cocaine in a briefcase to BUY the Boeing 747 that you flew in on... you’re just never going to stop that.
Oh yeah. That hadn't occurred to me. Gotta wonder how many "pirates" or competing drug cartels even, might be lurking around these waters in hopes of doing a little interdiction of their own. What a payday!
Tonk Memorial Bump
The sea's on the rough side out there in good weather. It took more than a little nerve to go out in a storm in a glorified rowboat. That they did, saving many over the years.
"The Board-And-Batten Chicamacomico Life Saving Station was converted to a boathouse when the new shingle style station and its outbuildings were erected in 1911. They remind us today of the daring rescues made off the treacherous shoals and surf of Hatteras Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
One such rescue was of the "Strathairly" in 1891. Surfmen from Chicamacomico pulled seven members from heavy seas overcoming dense fog, high winds, and tumultuous surf. In 1898 the surfmen rescued members of the schooner "Fesseden." A year later, with the Lyle gun and the breeches buoy mechanisms, they saved the entire crew of the "Mini Bergen."
In 1918, Captain John Allen Midgett led his men in Chicamacomico's most celebrated event: The "Mirlo" rescue. The surfmen, while endangering their own lives in the fire and turbulent seas, rescued 42 of the British tanker's crew. The British government awarded Gold Lifesaving medals to Captain Midgett and the surfmen. The U.S. Government presented "Grand Crosses of the American Cross of Honor." Only eleven of these have ever been awarded and six belong to the surfmen of Chicamacomico.
It has been more than forty years since the Coast Guard left its watch on the Atlantic waters from this outpost, but the historic deeds of the many brave surfmen, who continuously endangered their own lives to rescue foundering seagoers, live on in the minds and hearts of the survivors and the relatives of both rescuers and the rescued. Many of the recent generations of Outer Banks natives are descended from former surfmen, and many of them are from the Midgett family who brought international acclaim to the Chicamacomico activities under the leadership of Keeper John Allen. Their story must be preserved."
The problem is the demand, not the supply.
It is a well-proven fact that if there is sufficient demand, a supply will always develop. Attempts to choke off the supply only raise the price and encourage others to enter the business. This is a classic example of market theory as applied to illegal commodities.
The US is the primary party at blame here. We (as a nation) are the main source of demand.
IMO,those who use drugs in America are just as responsible for the deaths in Mexico as the drug dealers who order the killings.
Depends on how you define "losing". Consider that the vast majority of Congresscritters are trial lawyers. Domestic drug busts mean LOTS of money for trial lawyers, municipalities, etc. Fines generate money. Seizures of property generate money. Bribes paid to Judges generate money. Seizures of money because it has cocaine residue on it, regardless of whether drugs are also found, bring in millions. Never mind that the Department of the Treasury says that 80% of all $20's, $50's and $100's in circulation have traces of cocaine residue on them. Never mind that no drugs were found. You could be on your way to buy a car with $10,000 cash. If you get stopped in certain areas (Volusia County Florida, St. Marten's Parish, LA as examples) and the cash is discovered, you forfeit.
It's big money, not only for the producers in Columbia, but also for our own gubmint. THAT is why the WOD will never end. It has nothing to do with stopping the flow of drugs into this country......
Coasties did themselves proud.
Those surfmen were some seriously tough dudes. I can’t really wrap my head around the stuff they did. Wood boats. Oars. Surf. Breeches bouys. It’s just bad crazy.
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