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45 Ft. coke Sub seized. 3.5 tons coke. 6 Ft. diving depth

Postby U-5075 » Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:27 pm

Submarine with cocaine seized off Costa Rica
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Monday, November 20, 2006; 2:28 AM


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - U.S. Coast Guards have seized a submarine carrying 3.5 tons of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica and arrested three Colombians on board, the Costa Rican Coast Guard said on Sunday.

The submarine appeared to be a makeshift vessel unlike military submarines or those used by oceanographers. It could only submerge 6 feet under water, Costa Rican Coast Guard spokesman Jose Antonio Fallas told Reuters.

The 45-foot-long vessel was found last Wednesday near the remote Coco Island, southwest of the Central American mainland, and had traveled hundreds of miles from Colombia on its way to the United States.

It was taken to the Costa Rican port of Puntarenas where it arrived during the weekend. The Colombians were taken to the United States to be prosecuted, Fallas said.

The U.S. Coast Guard frequently patrols for drug shipments off Costa Rica but the latest seizure was believed to be the first time a submarine has been caught there.
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Postby TMSmalley » Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:05 pm

Follow up

Homemade sub captured with 3 tons of cocaine
POSTED: 1:18 p.m. EST, November 20, 2006
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Tipped off by three plastic pipes mysteriously skimming the ocean's surface, authorities seized a homemade submarine packed with 3 tons of cocaine off Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

Four men traveled inside the 50-foot wood and fiberglass craft, breathing through the pipes. The craft sailed along at about 7 mph, just 6 feet beneath the surface, Security Minister Fernando Berrocal said Sunday.

The submarine was spotted Friday 103 miles (166 kilometers) off the coast near Cabo Blanco National Park on the Nicoya peninsula.

"This is the first time in the country's history that a craft with these characteristics has been caught near the national coasts," Berrocal said in a statement.

U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, FBI and Colombian officials aided Costa Rican authorities in the operation, Berrocal said.

Two Colombians, a Guatemalan and a Sri Lankan were arrested and taken to the United States, since they were captured in international waters, Berrocal said.

Officials took the submarine to a Costa Rican Coast Guard station and were trying to determine its origins, the Security Ministry said. It was found with several tanks of gas, but Costa Rican authorities said the vessel, which had a bailer to keep out water, probably did not travel far.

So far this year, Costa Rican authorities have seized 18 tons of cocaine.

In March, the Colombian navy seized a 60-foot fiberglass submarine that likely was used to haul tons of cocaine out to speedboats in the Pacific Ocean for transportation to Central America and on to the United States. Three people were arrested and two speedboats seized during the operation, but no drugs were found.

Colombian authorities say smuggling cocaine by sea has become the top method of transport in recent years, as radar systems have made it difficult to smuggle drugs in small airplanes.
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Postby U-5075 » Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:29 pm

Cutter Steadfast catches cocaine-filled submarine
NavyTimes.com
By Patricia Kime
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The crew of the Coast Guard medium-endurance cutter Steadfast caught a whopper while fishing for drug smugglers off the Costa Rican coast Nov. 16 — a self-propelled submersible carrying 3.5 tons of cocaine.

The seizure marks the second time in 15 months that U.S. military personnel and law enforcement agencies have seized a submarine-like vessel packed with illegal drugs.

The Steadfast, a 210-foot cutter based in Warrenton, Ore., was conducting a law enforcement mission in the region when it was alerted to the existence of a low-slung craft moving slowly through the water, Coast Guard 11th District chief of public affairs Dan Dewell said Nov. 20.

After intercepting the 50-foot fiberglass and wooden vessel, a Steadfast crew boarded it, finding four men and the cocaine on board. The crew arrested the men — two Colombians, one Guatemalan and one Sri Lankan — and seized the vessel, Coast Guard officials said.

The vessel was towed to a Costa Rican port and will be brought to the United States as evidence.

According to an Associated Press report, law enforcement officials were tipped to the craft’s presence by three snorkels moving at the same speed — 7 knots — through the water.

“This is the first time in [Costa Rica’s] history that a craft with these characteristics has been caught near the national coasts,” Costa Rica Security Minister Fernando Berrocal told the AP Nov. 19.


The seizure marks the first time the U.S. Coast Guard has seized a self-propelled submersible. It is not, however, the U.S. military’s first encounter with a drug-carrying submarine.

In August 2005, Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 104, working on the Navy frigate Jarrett 90 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands, boarded and seized a towed submarine containing 2.5 tons of cocaine.

That craft was fairly sophisticated, even though it had to be towed behind a fishing vessel, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark Ogle, commanding officer of LEDet 104’s parent command, the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team.

“It had a lot of hydraulics, electronics and a double skin,” Ogle said.

The discoveries of these submersibles, which can sink to a snorkel depth of six feet, illustrate the increased efforts drug lords now take to push cocaine into the United States, Coast Guard officials say.

“The drug trade is a business and they’re exploring innovative ways to move their product,” Capt. Thomas Cullen, 11th District chief of response said Nov. 21.

“Due to the effectiveness of the Coast Guard and our federal and international partners, we are going to see more of these innovations. Likewise, we have to adjust our tactics to counter these new threats,” Cullen said


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Postby U-5075 » Thu Nov 23, 2006 10:43 am

DRUG SUB APPARENTLY WAS A "STEALTH" CIGARETTE BOAT.

Drug "submarine" off Costa Rica was disguised boat
Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:50pm ET
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - A vessel carrying 3.5 tonnes of cocaine that was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard off Costa Rica last week was not a submarine as first thought but a speedboat camouflaged to avoid detection, Costa Rican officials said on Wednesday.
The 45-foot (14-metre) craft was "a cigarette boat", a sleek, fast vessel typically used by drug traffickers, that had an ocean-colored fiberglass covering intended as camouflage, said Costa Rican coast guard commander Rodrigo Peralta.

The Costa Rican coast guard had told reporters on Sunday the craft, found near the remote Coco Island, was a makeshift submarine that traveled 6 feet under the surface.

The boat rode low in the water because of the weight of the cocaine but did not actually submerge, said Peralta. It had traveled from Colombia and was on its way to the United States with the cocaine.


"It was covered with lead lamination to conceal it from radar," said Peralta.
Tubes protruding from the boat, which initially gave officials the impression it was a submarine, turned out to be exhaust pipes.

Two Colombians, a Guatemalan and a Sri Lankan were arrested aboard the craft and taken along with the cocaine to the United States, Costa Rican officials said.
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Postby TMSmalley » Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:05 am

Pretty obvious that this Coke boat isn't a submarine but still interesting.

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Postby Novagator » Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:12 am

That is pretty cool.
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