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Rising threat of drug subs in the Caribbean

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Drug sub

Since 1890, anti-narcotic laws and smuggling threats have changed drastically, with transnational crime organizations using varying tactics and techniques including go-fast vessels and semisubmersible vessels to smuggle drugs into the United States.

Spotting drug subs from the sky

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Coast Guard crews have been hard at work disrupting a rising threat as drug smugglers use increasingly sophisticated and evolving methods to evade authorities in the Caribbean. First, there was the $180 million cocaine seizure by Coast Guard Cutter Seneca. […]

Another drug sub busted

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It’s been months since Compass last brought you a story of a drug sub bust – but the wait is over! Last month a team of Coast Guard crews and the Honduran navy interdicted a a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible […]

Second Caribbean drug sub bust

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Earlier this summer, Compass featured a story on Coast Guard Cutter Seneca seizing close to $180 million dollars worth of cocaine in the first Coast Guard self-propelled semi-submersible vessel seizure in the Caribbean. Well, it wasn’t long before drug sub […]

First Caribbean drug sub bust

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

First Caribbean drug sub bust

UPDATE: Paragraph three was updated to include Customs and Border Protection’s contributions to the drug interdiction operation, and paragraph five was updated to clarify the SPSS was the first Caribbean interdiction by the U.S. Coast Guard. As America’s lead maritime law […]

Drug Subs 2.0

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

For decades now, narcoterrorists have spent literally millions of dollars trying to find new ways to evade detection and infiltrate American waters with illegal drugs. The low-flying sea planes and go-fast boats of the 80s and 90s gave way to […]

Drug Subs: Tune into the NatGeo special this Sunday

Thursday, January 7, 2010

This Sunday the National Geographic Channel will air Inside Cocaine Submarines. The NatGeo special will focus on the latest technologies used by both smugglers and law enforcement in the war on drugs. Despite the best efforts of narcoterrorists, Guardians have […]

In the zone: A crew’s determination ‘over the horizon’ part 2

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton interdicts 8.4 tons of uncut cocaine after hunting a drug smuggling semi-submersible in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 18, 2015. Waiting. Watching. Always Ready.

Not lost in translation

Monday, July 23, 2012

Petty Officer Reyes

Relationships between the United States and countries in Central and South America are critical to the Coast Guard’s continuing efforts to intercept the flow of drugs in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, key maritime transit zones leading to the U.S. border. For one Coast Guardsman, building a partnership between two nations became a reality.

5 drug busts + 2 months = $135 million of cocaine

Thursday, May 31, 2012

5 drug busts

What happened when a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and medium endurance cutter teamed up with a U.S. Navy frigate and Customs and Border Protection? A total of 168 bales of cocaine, worth more than $135 million, never made it […]

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