Plying the Pacific, Subs Surface as Key Tool of Drug Cartels

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Now this is a challenge for the Coast Guard. Drugs today- terrorists tomorrow? This is pretty scary stuff if you think about the implications.


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/05/AR2009060503718.html?hpid=topnews
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I listened to VADM Pekoske talk about this earlier in the week...

    While the article says "subs" in the headline, it is important for people to understand that what they're talking about is "Self Propelled Semi-Submersibles" aka SPSS. Think "ironclad" instead of subs.

    Thanks to the U.S. federal government, because of recent legislation in the last year, these vessels are now easier to prosecute than in the past, all while making it safer for Coast Guard boarding teams. These are very hot on the west coast.

    We used to see a SPSS in Key West, out of the water, when my ship would pull in. It wasn't as advanced as some we're seeing these days.

    "America's Most Wanted" as well as an issue of "Maxim" covered SPSSs a few months ago. It's worth a look.
     
  3. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    “If you can carry 10 tons of cocaine, you can carry 10 tons of anything.”

    REAR ADMIRAL JOSEPH L. NIMMICH
    UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
    Director - Joint Interagency Task Force South
    Key West, Florida
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    "...Thanks to the U.S. federal government, because of recent legislation in the last year, these vessels are now easier to prosecute than in the past, all while making it safer for Coast Guard boarding teams. These are very hot on the west coast..."

    Hmm...I'd think an M61 20mm would do a fine job of prosecuting them...:biggrin:

    OOOPS...there's that military side of me showing again...
     
  5. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Hey, they could be smuggling 10 tons of teddy bears in...
    gotta make sure it's cocaine or C4 first... :biggrin:
     

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