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US law fights submarine-like boats hauling cocaine

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA — It's a game played out regularly on the high seas off Colombia's Pacific coast: A U.S. Navy helicopter spots a vessel the size of a humpback whale gliding just beneath the water's surface.

A Coast Guard ship dispatches an armed team to board the small, submarine-like craft in search of cocaine. Crew members wave and jump into the sea to be rescued, but not before they open flood valves and send the fiberglass hulk and its cargo into the deep.

Colombia has yet to make a single arrest in such scuttlings because the evidence sinks with the so-called semi-submersible.

A new U.S. law and proposed legislation in Colombia aim to thwart what has become South American traffickers' newest preferred means of getting multi-ton loads to Mexico and Central America.

Twelve people have been arrested under the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act of 2008 since it went

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Added: Apr-5-2009 Occurred On: Apr-4-2009
By: leadfoot072
Tags: cocaine, submergibles, minisubs, colombia, bogota, drugs
Location: Bogot, Cundinamarca, Colombia (load item map)
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