Drug Submarines - Criminal ingenuity and some serious effort.

A quick search of the site only found reference to a 2011 incident in CA. I don't recall this in the media, or discussed here previously, but it seems that the Gulf of Mexico/Pacific coast phenomenon of the drug submarine has made its way across the Atlantic.

'At dawn on Sunday (24 Nov 19), Spanish police descended on a picturesque bay just north of Vigo, on Spain’s Atlantic coast. The so-called narco-submarine, used for smuggling cocaine, was being abandoned by its crew. They appear to have scuttled it to hide the evidence. Two were arrested and a third suspect was reported to be on the run. I have analysed over 160 reported narco-submarine incidents since 1993 and this one is extraordinary. Virtually all previous occurrences have been between Colombia and Mexico, and mostly in the Pacific. Narco-submarines typically travel a couple of thousand miles. But a transatlantic voyage in such a small craft is hard to contemplate.

'The craft is estimated to be 72 feet long. This makes is approximately twice the size of the typical drug submarines found operating between Colombia and Mexico. Like most others it is technically a low profile vessel (LPV) instead of a true submarine. This means that it runs very low in the water to avoid detection, but cannot fully submerge. Initial reports suggest that the submarine has been operating between Guyana, in South America, and Spain. It reportedly stopped off in Portugal en-route, which is where law enforcement picked up its trail.

'Suspicions of transatlantic vessels have been around since 2007 when an extraordinarily large narco-sub was discovered in the Guajira Desert on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. In 2010 a convicted drug smuggler was reported to have been building a $20 million submarine in Africa. It was intended to sail across to Latin America where it would pick up a cargo of cocaine. It would return to the Canary Islands, from there the drugs would be sent to Europe.'


 
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Bit bigger than a midget sub but if not a true sub then a sort of buoy with an engine :cool:
But apparently a trans-Atlantic buoy no less.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
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This is old news:


Even the RN is in on the act:

 
This is old news:


Even the RN is in on the act:

You obviously read nothing but the thread title, eh Trig. The thread was started with an event in Europe in 2019, so you cite an article about Mexico in 2008.
 
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Refloated by Civil Guard after the druggies sank it.
 
The first of a rising number, if the worldwide trend continues. It may provide some incentive for Atlantic littoral allies to invest more in detection.

Narco Submarine incidents chart



 
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TamtamPWRR

War Hero
Very soon with advanced satnav systems these craft won't even need a crew, which will free them from a big limitation re endurance and cargo running.
 
Very soon with advanced satnav systems these craft won't even need a crew, which will free them from a big limitation re endurance and cargo running.
And save money in paying the crew who, if captured, may talk.
 
If you can't find it in the first place, you can't engage it.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
You obviously read nothing but the thread title, eh Trig. The thread was started with an event in Europe in 2019, so you cite an article about Mexico in 2008.
Hence drug submarines being old news and submarines capable of trans-Atlantic crossings being even older news, you addled old retard.
 
Hence drug submarines being old news and submarines capable of trans-Atlantic crossings being even older news, you addled old retard.
Your submission is up to your usual personally low standards; piss, wind and personal insults. Off to bed with your Horlicks.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
Your submission is up to your usual personally low standards; piss, wind and personal insults. Off to bed with your Horlicks.
Thanks, but I think I'll hang around and watch someone who thinks that narco-subs are a new phenomenon, and who gets all stroppy when its pointed out that submarines first crossed the Atlantic over a century ago, make a complete tw@t of themselves.

 

Yokel

LE
Areas of the Columbian jungle that are under the control of the drug cartels provide safe havens in which workshops exist to build these things.

The Latin American drug cartels have links with Hezbollah.
 

philc

LE
I have read that the subs getting to Europe are strapped to larger ships and released close to the coast of Europe, an interesting phenomenon
 
Areas of the Columbian jungle that are under the control of the drug cartels provide safe havens in which workshops exist to build these things.

The Latin American drug cartels have links with Hezbollah.
Hezbollah is mooted to provide reliable distribution networks and a highly capable well trained para-military force.

I recall hearing/seeing/reading something about the sub designer/builders being Japanese nationals doing a bit of "contract work".

I have seen telly news reports of a few sub's being captured since we moved here and there was a documentary on one of the satellite channels about them a couple of years ago. They seem to operate like a boat with its deck level to, or just under, the surface of the water. They interviewed a couple of the crew of one which had been caught and they said that crewing one was a dire experience as they are just in a cramped, exhaust gas, and fuel fume filled shell with a hot engine, fuel and drugs. They try to move at a speed which allows them to keep the hatch open to vent fumes, but not allow water in, mainly only closing the hatch during the day in areas where they may be spotted and need to stay lower in the water.





Pics borrowed from Breitbart who have more pics and a report here ===> 'Narco Submarine' Carrying Three Tons of Cocaine Intercepted off Europe
 

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