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Wow! They're getting good at sniffing those out. Bet that's a blow to the operation.


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>>Wow! They're getting good at sniffing those out. Bet that's a blow to the operation.<<

Don't count on it. To the druglords, the loss of a few shipments is little more then an irritant. The reason they're using this trick is because these craft are very small and extremely hard to detect. I can gaurantee you that the ones which get through way outnumber the ones which get caught.
 
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From MSNBC:

Cartels using 'coffin' subs to ship cocaine
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KEY WEST, Fla. - Packed with cocaine and grimly christened "coffins," sleek jungle-built submarines are steaming their way north from Colombia through Pacific waters to deliver tons of illegal drugs headed for the U.S. market.

Skimming just below the water line, with only a glimpse of a glass-enclosed cockpit or metal tubes visible from above, the semi-submersibles are the latest shipment method used by trafficking cartels to try to elude detection by authorities.
More at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29352252/

Comment: If anybody is wondering why this isn't going away, the reason is dirt simple: This little trick works!
 
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From The Miami Herald:

Traffickers assembling navy of drug-toting subs
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SANQUIANGA NATIONAL PARK, Colombia -- A cottage industry is booming in the maze of mangroves on Colombia's wild and nearly impenetrable Pacific Coast. Men work day and night under tin-roofed hangars building handmade submarines used to transport tons of pure cocaine to the U.S. market.

In the past two months, four ''narco-subs'' in varying stages of completion were discovered by authorities in Sanquianga National Park, along the Pacific shore. Another two were found on the Caribbean coast in the first week of June.

Drug-toting subs have been discovered here and there over the years, but never such an impressive number in such a short time.
Two page story begins at http://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/story/1117541.html
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Naval Postgraduate School Team Helps Defend Against Narco Semi-Subs
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MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- A Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) faculty-student team has developed a decision tool that is changing the way the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security think about defending against sea-based narco smugglers.

The team's "defender-attacker" model determines the best mix and deployment of search platforms to detect and classify self-propelled semi-submersibles that are estimated to carry up to 75 percent of all Colombian cocaine destined for the United States.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=50082
 
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From Chron.com:

Sinking to new lows
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Drug traffickers are spending $1 million a pop to build boats that look like submarines and can carry 4 tons of cocaine for 2,000 miles without refueling.

Nicknamed "narco subs," they're made to sneak loads up from South America to Mexico, where the drugs are offloaded and taken overland into the United States.
More at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/world/7081395.html
 
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From The New Scientist:

From sea to sky: Submarines that fly
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GUILLEMOTS and gannets do it. Cormorants and kingfishers do it. Even the tiny insect-eating dipper does it. And if a plan by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) succeeds, a remarkable airplane may one day do it too: plunge beneath the waves to stalk its prey, before re-emerging to fly home.
More at http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727671.000-from-sea-to-sky-submarines-that-fly.html

Comment: And you thought the drug runners were getting creative!
 
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From The Houston Chronicle:

Experts: 'Nothing amateur' about narco submarine

A peek inside craft that can hide 7 tons of cocaine reveals surprises
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The only narco submarine ever captured – a 73-foot-long camouflaged vessel capable of carrying at least 7 tons of cocaine while cruising stealthily beneath the ocean's surface – sits raised on concrete blocks in a South American seaport.

Its belly is caked with grime. Its hatch is open.

Many of its secrets are no more.
More at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/chronicle/7415756.html

Comment: This is a surprisingly sophisticated craft and the fact that it's hull is made of fibreglass would make it extremely hard to detect. Makes one wonder what else it could be used to haul besides drugs, and by who.
 
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From Saint Louis Today:

Second drug trafficking submarine found
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Any doubt about the persistent ingenuity of drug traffickers hell-bent on getting cocaine into the United States evaporated with the discovery of the second "narco submarine" captured in the swamplands of South America, officials said.
More at http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/article_a22d434d-09f1-54bb-be74-7e4807ff521e.html

Comment: As much as I dispise drug smugglers, I can't help but admire the courage it takes to get into these things.
 
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From Stratagy Page:

Finding The Brains Behind The Cocaine Boats
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May 4, 2011: Since cocaine cartels in South America began using submarines and semi-submersible craft to transport cocaine north in the 1990s, the U.S. and Colombia have been desperately seeking the specialists responsible for designing and building these craft. Recently, Argentina revealed they had arrested one of the main organizers of the sub building operation.
More at http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20110504.aspx
 
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From Stratagy Page:

The Central American Submarine War
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August 10, 2011: Back on July 13th, a semi-submersible cocaine transport was spotted by the Honduran Navy, 26 kilometers off the coast. The four man crew of the drug boat abandoned ship, which they also sank. The four drug crewmen were picked up, and thought they would soon be freed (because there was no evidence of their illegal cargo). But...
More at http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htseamo/articles/20110810.aspx
 
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