The Rise of the Drug-Running Remote-Controlled Sem

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  1. Sushihunter

    Sushihunter Active Member

    The Rise of the Drug-Running Remote-Controlled Semi-Submarines

    Drug lords have been using homemade subs to ferry cocaine to the US from Columbia for a few years but the machines are getting more sophisticated, sometimes employing remote control systems.

    The subs aren't really subs, they always have a portion of the ship above water. But at less than 18 inches of height above sea level, they're hard to detect using radar, despite being anywhere from 40-80 feet, carrying from 4-12 tons of the white stuff and 4 people. (Or none if being remote controlled!) They are reported to go slow and steady using diesel engines and up to 1500 gallons of fuel. They can make the trip at 6-12 knots in a single tank. As if they could refuel anywhere. The ships take over a year to make from fiberglass/wood or steel, and cost $2m. Not a whole lot of money since one load can take almost $200m of cargo from Ecuador to San Diego.

    Here's a worrying thought:
    "...if you can move that much cocaine, what else can you put in that semi-submersible. Can you put a weapon of mass destruction in it?" Navy Adm. Jim Stavridis, Commander, U.S. Southern Command






    Jim's Fishing Charters
  2. bee15

    bee15 Active Member

    no worries about taking on big waves in that. but no thanks in the fog.
  3. Brisco

    Brisco Guest

    These guys should be using Boston Whalers, at 67 m.p.h. they would be there in no time. ;)
  4. Sushihunter

    Sushihunter Active Member

    I think that is what they are trying to avoid. Small fast boats would attract the attention of the Coast Guard. These boats, travelling at night would be very hard to see either on radar or visually.

    My question is: "Where do you mount the downriggers?" [:eek:)]

    Jim's Fishing Charters
  5. TenMile

    TenMile Well-Known Member

    It is a downrigger!!!
  6. 264winmag

    264winmag Member

    good one Brisco :D
  7. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    Saw some of that kind of action when I was in Colombia 5 years ago, on the Pacific coast.

    Not the subs just a tramp long liner pretending to be fishing, setting a long line in water that was way too shallow but would hopefully fool any satellite into thinking they actually were actually fishing not waiting, waiting, waiting.

    It was about 5 miles from the creek in my sig line photo.

  8. The whalers work fine[8]

    Take only what you need.
  9. Sea Ranger

    Sea Ranger Active Member

    I think this was posted somewhere on here a while ago but it's still a great boat for drug
  10. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    You're going to need one of those things to beat the rest of the fleet to a hali spot this spring on opening day!

    Last Chance Fishing Adventures
  11. Bows Up

    Bows Up Well-Known Member

    Beauty layout boat for ducks and geese. Thirty hunters off Stanley Park in that puppy would put a dent in the goose population.

    Hearing protection mandatory. Oh my.
  12. 2000 HP !!!???[:0]


    Take only what you need.

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