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DEA Helps Ecuadorian Police Seize Drug Sub

July 04, 2010  | 

Photo courtesy of DEA.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents helped Ecuadorian authorities seize a drug sub that had been secretly built to transport tons of drugs to the U.S. and was being readied for its maiden voyage, the DEA announced.

"The advent of the narco-submarine presents new detection challenges for maritime interdiction forces," said Jay Bergman, the DEA's Andean regional director. "The submarine's nautical range, payload capacity and quantum leap in stealth have raised the stakes for the counter-drug forces and the national security community alike."

The twin-screw, electric sub measures about 100 feet long. The air-conditioned interior measures about 9 feet high and included a periscope.

The investigation of the captured submarine and the individuals responsible for its construction is ongoing. One individual has been taken into custody by Ecuadorian authorities at the site of the seizure.

The submarine was constructed in a remote jungle environment in an effort to elude law enforcement or military interdiction, and is currently located near a tributary close to the border of Colombia.

As a result of DEA intelligence, Ecuadorian authorities were able to seize the vessel on July 2 before it was able to make its maiden voyage. This is the first seizure of a clandestinely constructed fully operational submarine built to facilitate trans-oceanic drug trafficking, according to the agency.

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Morning Eagle @ 7/5/2010 6:05 PM

Hmmm, built to transport tons of drugs at a time? Doesn't the U.S. Navy still have hunter-killer subs that could find the most sophisticated Russian subs no matter what evasive tactics they tried to use? I would be willing to bet that if we blew a couple of the cartel's clever little toys, crew, drugs and all, to smithereens they would think twice about trying again. No warning - just torpedo them and don't announce it to the world so the bleeding hearts can protest. The cartels would get the message without us going public about it. I am not a blood thirsty killer and I know about due process and so on but I do hate seeing what drugs are doing to my country and the obscene profits that flow from the trade and are used to create even more destruction in peoples' lives. Yes, I also know the part about the drug addicted Americans that provide the lucrative market. But maybe if we would get more serious and stop trying to be so nice all the time and apply the assets and technologies we have then we could make a more significant dent in the amount of crap coming into our country and even do somenting effective against the crap that is being produced inside our borders too. Yeaf, dream on. Would be good live fire training for our sailors too.

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