Narco Subs Are the Wave of the Future in Cocaine Smuggling
If you think the Navy is the only one using submarines, then think again!
Built by hand from marine-grade plywood and fiberglass, the Columbian drug cartels pack these single-use semi-submersibles to the gills with enough coke to make the hardest junkies throw the nirvana od parties! Woohooo!
Cocaine smuggling is constant because the people who do business with it makes sweet, sweet money, plain and simple. To put into perspective, the U.S. Coast Guard has seized $1.8 million dollars worth of powder from both boats and subs before the fall of 2015, which is more than the previous three years put together. They estimate that only one in four vessels are intercepted.
But how do they get past unnoticed? With the improvements in technologies, like the self-propelled semi-submersibles, these vessels are very low profile and can only go a few feet underwater, while traveling at about 11 miles per hour, leaving virtually no wake and making them undetectable by radar and sonar.
How ingenious did they get? In November of 2006 the Coast Guard captured a semi-submersible developed with such ingenuity, that would leave the A-Team in shame. The engineer behind that sub, or rather the high school graduate, was a guy named Mauner Mahecha. His sub was made from Kevlar and fiberglass, measuring 74 feet in length and painted camo blue and could go ten days without refueling at depths of 60 feet.
Pablo Escobar would be proud!