This Sunday the National Geographic Channel will air Inside Cocaine Submarines . The NatGeo special will focus on the latest technologies used by both smugglers and law enforcement in the war on drugs.
Despite the best efforts of narcoterrorists, Guardians have been regularly seizing self-propelled semi-submersibles (SPSS) for the past several years.
Interdictions by Coast Guard units like the CGC Jarvis (see the image at the top of the post) or the CGC Midgett (click here to see video of an SPSS interdiction by the crew of the CGC Midgett) are just some of the successes in stopping SPSS runs of illegal narcotics to America’s shores. Guardians working alongside Army and Navy personnel as part of Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-South are using cutting edge technology in the form of the Pentagon’s experimental high-speed boat Stiletto on the front lines to stop drug subs. The Stiletto is the focus of the above mentioned video clip from Inside Cocaine Submarines .
In 2009, the Coast Guard seized 11 of the subs (along with their crews) and interdicted more than 64 metric tons of cocaine in the process.