Narco sub stopped with 7 tons of cocaine
The narco sub intercepted by the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk is similar to this one, searched by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009.
October 28th, 2011
10:02 PM ET

Narco sub stopped with 7 tons of cocaine

The United States Coast Guard said it recovered seven tons of cocaine from a narco sub, a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel that is used to transport illegal drugs. The drugs were brought to shore Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be handed over to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida where the case is being handled.

This is the third semi-submersible to be stopped by the Coast Guard in the Caribbean Sea and the second interdiction by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk.

Narco subs may become trend in Caribbean

“We’ve got two within about two weeks of each other,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark J. Fedor, the Mohawk's commanding officer. “It really makes you wonder how many of these things might be coming through.”

This recent semi-submersible that didn’t make it past law enforcement was stopped by the Mohawk on September 30.

“It was spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft,” Fedor said. “We were a long way away from it.  We had to run at full sped for about 12 to 15 hours until we were in a spot to make the interdiction.”

It was dark when the Mohawk arrived at the vessel, which was off the coast Honduras, said Fedor. A small boat that the Mohawk launched fired warning shots across the bow of the narco sub when it refused to stop.

“Once we did that they stopped,”said Fedor, “and right after they stopped they scuttled the vessel.”

During the other interdictions, July 13 and September 17, the narco subs were also sunk by the crew.

“The thing sank beneath them just as the other one did, the only down side was no bales floated to the top,” said Fedor, “but what we did know was that boat sank in only 80 feet of water.”

Fedor requested that divers be brought to the scene to try and bring the drugs to the surface. A few weeks after the initial stop the Coast Guard said the FBI’s technical dive team found the semi-submersible and recovered the cocaine cargo. The cargo is now evidence against the vessel’s four crew members.

FBI's terrorism search goes undersea

The U.S. Attorney’s office said in a press release, the crew, Jorge Colomer, 47, of Honduras; Guilforth Romero, 24, of Honduras; Manuel Cuero, 30, of Colombia; and Marcos Salazar, 30, of Colombia, have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of violating the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008.  If convicted they each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. drap

    If Tony Montana were in charge..this would never happen! For one thing..this sub would be FULLY SUBMERSIBLE!! Therefore I blame Robert Loggia... .

    October 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    Splashes...............oh oh, depth charges, ............were sinkkkkkkiiiiinnnnngggggg...blub...blub

    October 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u

    How we getting home captain ? Backstroke.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    ARE THEY SURE IT WASN'T "cake mix"???

    October 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    i miss miami vice...

    October 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    Now that's a cool looking sub. Mama, buy me that for christmans.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      christmas

      October 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. drap

    Oh bouy... .

    October 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    COCAINES A HELL OF A DRUG.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dragonex

    Drakonex1. Hello. Please believe me. I am not a troll.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Hi, gang.

    @Drak: lol. Nice nod to Rick James. I think the same thing everytime I see an article on coke.
    Oh, and be nice to dragonex.
    I'll bop you if you don't.

    Hi, dragonex, how are you? We know you're not a troll.
    People thought Drakorex1 was a troll when he first came on too.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. dragonex

    Thank you banasy.
    Glad everyone enjoyed the game. You can drink for me as I've been sober for several years. Klink with the ice tea.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HEY EVERYBODY!PLEASE BANASY©DONT BOP ME!ILL BE GOOD I PROMISE,HI DRAGONEX. I JUST LEARNED HOW TO WORK THIS PHONE ,SO I DONT HAVE TO FLIP THROUGH EVERY POST TO GET BACK TO THE END . IM GOING EXPLORING BA BYE!

    October 29, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    How many cake boxes would that be?

    October 29, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. dragonex

    Welp by air and by sea. They are persistent critters.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    DID YOU MAKE IT?

    October 29, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
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