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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    15 years seems awefully light for this kind of crime. That should have gotten a life sentence.

    October 29, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN – It looks like a similiar article has been posted regarding this topic.

    October 29, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mr President

    Guess I won't need my crackpipe this week.

    October 29, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Cards Fan

      Lay down thy crackpipe, Philip, and follow thy father.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Portland Tony

    "We all live in a yellow submarine ......"

    October 29, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat2u

    I've tried ham & cheese subs. I've tried meatball subs. I've tried italian meat subs. But I've never tried a narco sub.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Too much metal in em, it gets stuck in your teeth.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Plenty of iron for sure. Plus built in tooth picks.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Thomas

      Slow Slug Sub

      Try saying that fast five times ... whew, I'd try one.

      An Escargot Slo Slug Ka Bob sounds hmmm ... crunchy-scrispy might work to ... Mmmmmmm

      October 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Shoot, I can't say that one time fast. And I'm sober. lol

      October 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I don't think I want to try a narco sub.
    Too much pharmceuticals, ya know.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Good one. lol

      October 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cassandra Chu

    Let me guess... it was being operated by a CIA agent who didn't know the Iran-Contra-Cocaine scandal was deemed "a bad thing"...

    October 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I ordered one sub sandwich in my life, decades ago.
    I had to play in some hick town near Boston and nothing else was open when I got there.
    Hated it. Left most of it, I think.
    I'd rather eat snails.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Maybe try escargot on a sub roll. Hey, you never know. We could call it the slow slug sub.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Hey, now.. No need to diss what different people like, snailboy. Might call on a brodown.. Bro?!

      October 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Not dissin dude.
      And what's a brodown Bro ?

      October 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @bobcat2u: that was @joey, and the latest south park will show you brodown lol

      October 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      My bad.
      I'll check out south park to see the brodown. Sounds interesting.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sum it up

    Sounds like there's going to be some marine life in need of an intervention along that route. We need a hippie Darryl Hannah!

    October 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (kcmo)...

    i wish i knew where the sub went down and had scuba gear... i'd be rich...

    October 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT (kcmo)...

    i recover the sub and take chicks out in it and when the lake jacomo police tried to stop me i'd submerge and give them the finger as we were submerging...

    October 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. s kel

    I love subs.....been on the uss torsk, and uss natailus. Loved it.

    October 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    @s kel
    I love subs too. Especially the meatball w/extra parmesan.

    October 30, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    cute and chronic.Now they are deploying drones to deliver drugs.

    October 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    who is the manufacturer of the unmaned submarine ? ah,drug drone.

    October 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
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