Coast Guard Strikes Again! Drug Dealers Tremble!


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Jun 9, 2006
By John McPhaul
Tue Sep 16, 11:48 PM ET

The U.S. coast guard captured a submarine-like vessel equipped with sophisticated navigation equipment and stuffed with seven tonnes of cocaine, Costa Rican authorities said on Tuesday.

In a difficult nighttime operation during the weekend, U.S. officials arrested four Colombian smugglers on board the 59-foot (18-meter) steel and fiberglass vessel in international waters before they could sink it.

"The boat was partially submerged but you can't call it amateurish. The drug traffickers are not amateurs," Jose Pastor, a spokesman for Costa Rica's public security ministry told Reuters.

Several makeshift submarines toting drugs have been captured recently on the high seas. In July, the Mexican special forces captured a similar submarine carrying 200 tightly wrapped packages of cocaine.

On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard sent a team of special agents on small boats to surprise the smugglers after a U.S. Navy airplane spotted the sub. When the traffickers realized the agents were on their deck they shifted the boat violently in an attempt to throw the officers into the sea.

After that failed, they complied with orders not to open hatches designed to sink the craft, said the Coast Guard.

"This was the most dangerous operation of my career," Todd Bagetis, the lieutenant in charge of the Coast Guard team, said in a statement.

Official photos showed the craft packed full of 37 bales of cocaine with a street value of $187 million.

The vessel was likely capable of traveling from South America to the U.S. coast without stopping for fuel or supplies, said the Coast Guard.

The U.S. ship that nabbed the traffickers was set to arrive to the Costa Rican port of Caldera on Wednesday with the drug boat in tow, Pastor said.
Nothing an old Mk-46 couldn't have handled. :biggrin:
Seven tons is a big seizure.

A great inter-service operation.

The Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment was operating aboard a US Navy ship. :thumb:

Semper Paratus. Another one for the good guys. Coast Guard does not get enough recognition for the great work they do.:thumb: I would have used the M60 (if they still use them)
grab the gloves, change the barrel and Rock and Roll some more.
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Coast Guard doesn't mind going under the radar, so to speak...we know we're bad asses. :biggrin:
Yeah! Especialy during random inspections.:yllol::thumb: But always glad to know you are there day or night when we might, in an emergency situation, need you.
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I would have used the M60 (if they still use them)
grab the gloves, change the barrel and Rock and Roll some more.

My solution would have made a bigger bang but, admitedly, wouldn't have been as much fun on a personal level as yours. :thumb:

Seven TONS. Man, that's a whole lot of idiots taking stuff they really shouldn't be. :eek:

We're never going to be rid of this problem until either a) people stop using it (yeah, right) or b) the stuff is decriminalized. :frown:
There will always be people with addictive behaviors. if it ins't drugs, it will be somethings else. There will unfortunately always be people willing to prey on and exploit those behaviors. The best we can hope for is that as communities we will not tolerate those explotations. You cannot help the addict unless he/she wants that help, and it takes resolve and commitment to punish the exploiter.
AF all the fisher dudes up in Alaska aka Sarah Palinville hate the Coast Guard for all the nit-picking about such things as lifejackets, etc. until they need em to save their butts in the Bering Sea.

"What took you so long, Mr. Rescue Swimmer?" ha ha :shake: