Cartel Smugglers Continue to Elude US Drug Enforcement

by AdamS on September 4, 2012

In the ongoing battle of keeping foreign drugs from entering the United States, the U.S Coast Guard and DEA are now having a much more difficult time. Latin American drug cartels have upgraded their technology for getting drugs through the Caribbean and into the States. The cartel’s smuggling success rate is estimated to be at least 75% right now due to a switch from semi submersible water crafts to fully submersible crafts. These new subs can bring a payload of up to ten tons of cocaine from South America to North America without ever breaking the surface of the water. This new technology could cause a huge increase in cocaine abuse in America. Up to 500 tons of cocaine got into the United States through these submarines last year and that number could increase again this year. Florida cocaine rehab centers are going to have a hard time keeping up with the number of new patients they will receive.

Always One Step Ahead

In the 1980s and early 90s cocaine became extremely popular in the United States, mostly due to the abundance of the product. Colombian cartels would smuggle cocaine through the Caribbean Sea and into Florida using go-fast boats. By the mid 90s the Coast Guard was able to catch most of these speed boats as they had improved their radar systems and could identify the vessels rather easily. The cartel did not give up however and switched from go-fast boats to semi submersible crafts which were undetectable by the radar. The semi submersibles were more expensive and could not make the runs as quickly, but until a few years ago, they were nearly impossible to catch. In the last few years, the Coast Guard has been able to catch more of these vessels by using a thermo technology which was effective since the crafts were just below the surface of the water.

Today’s Narco Submarine

Not to be outdone by the Coast Guard or other Drug Enforcement agencies, Latin American cartels have upgraded their technology and are now shipping drugs using fully submersible water crafts. These new advanced subs are made from fiberglass and kevlar and can travel as far as 300 ft below the surface of the water, while carrying a crew and as much as ten tons of narcotics. In the last few years, the Coast Guard has only captured a handful of these fully submersible crafts and most were because they were abandoned on the surface of the water.

The problem is that the cartels have amassed so much money from this smuggling trade that they can constantly upgrade their technology and change their strategies to continue to elude authorities. These new subs represent a major problem for drug enforcement in the United States and could lead to a rapid increase in cocaine abuse. Florida cocaine rehab centers will be on high alert for the next few years until the Coast Guard can figure out a way to stop the new subs being used by the cartels.  Go to for more info on Florida cocaine rehab.

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