Sunday, September 21, 2008

Adios Square Groupers - Hello Subs!

It used to be bales of pot raining from the sky, affectionately called "Square Groupers" and mega-powered speedboats like this "Midnight Express Interceptor" for both the drug smugglers and the DEA alike - in brief, the stuff "Miami Vice" was all about.
Apparently, "one could wander the shipyards of Miami and occasionally spot DEA and drug runner boats under construction side by side, at the same builder!"

Talk about mega-bucks for R&D!!!

Now, it seems, both sides have ratcheted up the stakes by several notches, as witnessed by this interesting tidbit from Central America:

"MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Coast Guard says it intercepted a submarine-like vessel carrying 7 tons of cocaine off Central America's coast. The Coast Guard says a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the 60-foot vessel Wednesday about 400 miles south of the Mexico-Guatemala border.

The Coast Guard sank the vessel after determining it was too unstable to be towed to port. The Coast Guard's statement Friday did not say if anyone was arrested. Officials didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

The bust came four days after the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy seized another homemade submarine carrying 7 tons of cocaine. That craft was towed to a Coast Rican port and four Colombians on board were arrested."

Are we about to witness the emergence of a series of "sub-like vessels" for the public?
Judging from the commercial success of the Interceptor, it may be only a matter of time.

In a world where a woman called Bacon wins a Hog Calling Contest (?), anything can happen!

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