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 Attorneyās 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
āWeāve got two within about two weeks of each other,ā said Coast Guard Cmdr. Mark J. Fedor, the Mohawk's commanding officer. āIt really makes you wonder how many of these things might be coming through.ā
This recent semi-submersible that didnāt make it past law enforcement was stopped by the Mohawk on September 30.
āIt was spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft,ā Fedor said. āWe were a long way away from it.Ā We had to run at full sped for about 12 to 15 hours until we were in a spot to make the interdiction.ā
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.
āOnce we did that they stopped,āsaid Fedor, āand right after they stopped they scuttled the vessel.ā
During the other interdictions, July 13 and September 17, the narco subs were also sunk by the crew.
āThe thing sank beneath them just as the other one did, the only down side was no bales floated to the top,ā said Fedor, ābut what we did know was that boat sank in only 80 feet of water.ā
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 FBIās technical dive team found the semi-submersible and recovered the cocaine cargo. The cargo is now evidence against the vesselās four crew members.
FBI's terrorism search goes undersea
The U.S. Attorneyās 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.Ā If convicted they each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
what ever happened to the good old days, when everybody got rich importing mozerella cheese and olives ?
HOLY HELL !just who can it possibly be that can afford to use all that cocain ;and why? It has to be a satanic secret society.
The Moops..that's who
that's over 2 billion dollars in street value
7 tons = 14,000 pounds
1 pound = $10,000
14,000 pounds x $10,000 =$140,000,000
Street value $140,000,000
good work guys ! coke is bad for your health.
wouldn't it have made more sense to just blow the hll out of the sub? no need to indict body parts
They don't know how many of those things their are???? lolz... Good luck winning that war. Their is always another way afterall. And paying for these guys for fifteen years is a waste of money. Just send them back for the next load so you can get another big bust to impress all of us who really don't give a rats A$$. Oh yeah thats right . Theyll be out in two and on a better sub with 14 tons in 3. Derp...
How much money are the foreign governments making off of these operations to look the other way?
I vote for blowing these vessels out of the water as soon as they are discovered. It's a pretty effective deterrent and much cheaper than incarceration.
Deterrent,lol countries like China and Malaysia actually sentenced their Traffickers to death all the time,guess what they still have Drug traffickers.
Gotta keep the mexicants busy with something other than mowing lawns.
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