After close to 20 years in Guatemala, I sometimes get to the point where I feel like I've heard it all before. But this story, which I would have entitled "20,000 Kilos Under the Sea", was news to me. And as much as I despise the drug trade, I couldn't help but think to myself "Well sure, a sub! That actually makes a lot of sense!"
Two questions immediately came to mind: How scary would a coked-up shark be? And how soon before Hollywood makes a movie about about one?
Drug-running submarine found off Guatemalan coast
Guatemala City – A homemade submarine packed with bales of cocaine worth at least $350 million was discovered off the coast of Guatemala, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
“It was a semi-submersible vessel that floated just underneath the surface of the water,” said Kevin Ness, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda, California.
The craft was about 50 feet long and “painted blue to hide it under water,” he told Reuters.
Ness said the drug traffickers sank the vessel before U.S. Coast Guard officials could get there. Officials detained four men found floating in the water along with 11 bales of cocaine weighing around 1,210 pounds.
“The rest is now at the bottom of the sea,” said Ness.
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Posted by elcanche at August 23, 2007 10:35 PM
Yeah, I can see it now: "Jaws - The Addict Attacks". (Followed, of course, by the inevitable sequel: "Jaws - A Brief Stay at the Betty Ford Clinic").