Drug Submarines Harder to Detect for DEA
POSTED: Friday, July 2, 2010 - 6:10pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 3, 2010 - 1:36pm
Drug Enforcement Administration efforts are made harder because of innovative ways that drug smugglers are bringing drugs into the country. One method that officials say is especially hard to tackle: homemade submarines.
DEA calls them semi-submersibles and they can be anywhere from 45 to 80 feet long. They can be remote controlled or manned and can travel up to 2000 miles, typically to smuggle cocaine out of Colombia into Mexico.
"It's an innovative way to smuggle the drugs and its also very hard for us to detect because they're underwater and basically you have to get right on top of them to detect them," said Diana Apodaca, special agent for the DEA.
About 80 to 90 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States goes through Mexico.