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How are you going to stop it?

No matter what you do to try to stop the supply of drugs, people will find a way to get around it, over it, under it, or through it.

Why? Because it’s so unbelievably profitable.

Here’s yet another drug smuggling submarine that was found in Colombia.

Just over 100 feet long and made out of fiberglass, capable of traveling 9 feet below the surface undetected. Authorities estimated that it may have cost $2 million to build.

Think about that for a moment. A criminal enterprise so lucrative that you’ll spend $2 million on a tool for committing the crime.

[Thanks, Allan]

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25 comments to How are you going to stop it?

  • This is not my America

    Yup and our stupid assed government will spend billions to stop this two million dollar machine and all that come after it….at this rate we will all be broke in no time.. begging other countries to send us food….and our stupid assed government will still be trying to ‘win’ this shit hole war.I think they want us broke.

  • Chris

    All we need are underwater fences around major drug trafficking areas and our children will never use drugs again! Why haven’t these been built already!?

  • Jake

    not only are they willing to spend $2m, but knowing that the $2m worth of sub is likely to be captured at some point and therefore actually being able to build that cost INTO their plans whilst still maintaining astronomical profits! I guess there really is “too much money in it”.. such a pity that at some point we will legalise and regulate, losing this vital entrepreneurial industry that pays no tax and settles disputes with guns.. a crying shame…

  • Duncan20903

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    One concept that completely eludes the grasp of Know Nothing prohibitionists is the black market employs the path of least resistance. Shut down the border and they’ll tunnel under it. Close down the waterways with heavy Coast Guard patrols and they’ll build submarines. Make pseudoephedrine illegal or by prescription only and the needed chemicals will be acquired through other channels. Make the cigarette tax in Virginia as high as that in New York City and the black market cigarette vendors will make a deal with a tribe of Native Americans and/or start hijacking cigarette delivery trucks. Shut down the availability of hand guns and some smart ass will build a machine shop in his basement and start producing them to meet demand.

    The main flaw in their perception is that we’re never going to change human nature. They might as well pass a law that when dropped, rocks will fall up rather than down.

    They so like to argue that Federal law supersedes State law, and be that as it may, Universal law supersedes all of the laws made by man.

    • Matthew Meyer

      Maybe the idea that it’s human nature to want to use drugs to escape earthly suffering is part of the problem. Ethnographically, psychoactive drug use may be widespread to the point of (near?) universality.
      But culture is important, too. Figures like The Junkie and The Pusher should tell us something about the anxieties that underlie our consumerist economy. (People enter into contracts of their own free will, until they encounter a product that actually causes you to desire it, even to the detriment of your social obligations–talk about a capitalist’s nightmare…or wet dream, depending.)
      There is something that is also quite Christian about using drugs to escape reality, and feeling guilty about it. This kind of cultural baggage is, I think, pretty heavy both for those who consume psychoactive substances and those who condemn them (often while consuming their own favorite genussmittel). Point being, seeing as human nature the desire to use drugs to transcend earthly misery makes it harder to appreciate that this is also very much “our” cultural model, and that it could be otherwise.

      • This is not my America

        Matthew….maybe this is hell…thats why we wish to ‘escape’.

      • Anthony

        Oh that stupid “escape” bullshit.

        So drugs are an “escape”? So is tv, book’s, and dare I say it, sex.

        Is it not all the same?

  • darkcycle

    What’s next? They close down the waterways and what?…Drug smuggling ICBM’s? Radio controlled drones to smuggle drugs, and mix it up with the drones WE fly? Maybe a wormhole, with one end in Ciudad Juarez and the other end coming out in the basement of a suburban home in Green Bay Wisconsin?
    It’s like a perverse version of field of dreams: If you prohibit it, they will come”

  • denmark

    The article says February 16th, is this the same sub they got before?
    Are they using captured subs to pretend they’re busting the cartels?
    There will always be a way to get the desired substances, they are not going to stop the flow, ever … .

  • Common Science

    These coke subs are getting bigger as the WoD rages on. The cost of doing business for invisible druglords who’ve maybe helped give Columbia’s naval fleet a vaulted prestige. How many countries in the world can boast of posessing 100 foot submarines?

  • Dalton Harrington

    If they were smuggling marijuana, let em go!
    it’s a natural plant that grows in the dirt, it impairs people less than alcohol does.
    it’s bullshit that we cant smoke it.
    i do anyways.

  • legalize it!!! sensimilia!

  • Chris

    Any comment on Charlie Sheen’s interview? I can definitely respect him for dropping the bullshit and being candid and honest about his drug use. Imagine if Michael Phelps had said “Yeah, I ripped that bong. So what? Do you not see all these Olympic medals? I did nothing wrong.” or if Obama had said “Yeah, I used to do coke and smoked marijuana. So what? I’m the president of the United States now. There was absolutely nothing wrong with doing that.”

  • DdC

    “When the President does it,
    that means that it’s not illegal.”
    ~ Richard M. Nixon

    Former Mexican Governor Admits Past Presidents Controlled Drug Trade
    The Mexican political world was sent reeling this weekend after a former PRI politician admitted his party had exercised strong control over Mexico’s drug trafficking routes.

    • DdC

      Drug Catapult: Video of Mexican smugglers sending pot across US border

      “Not only are we here to protect the public from vicious criminals in the street but also to protect the public from harmful ideas.”
      ~ Robert Ingersoll – Former DEA Director (1972)

      “Ideas are more powerful than guns.
      We would not let our enemies have guns,
      why should we let them have ideas.”
      ~ Joseph Stalin

      Massive drug smuggling tunnel found connecting US and Mexico

      “. . . unfortunately, we can’t control the actions of everyone.”
      ~ Bill Clinton, April 20, 1993

      Dump truck filled with pot in huge bust

      You see it in the headlines, you hear it every day. They say they’re gonna stop it, but it doesn’t go away. They move it through Miami and sell it in LA. They hide it up in Telluride, I mean it’s here to stay. It’s propping up the governments. in Columbia and Peru. You ask any D.A., man, they’ll say there’s nothing we can do. From the office of the president right down to me and you. Me and you. It’s a losing proposition, but one you can’t refuse. It’s the politics of contraband, it’s the smugglers’ blues.”
      ~ Glenn Frey

      Smuggling… Least Violates the Consciences of Men

      “The FDA has rejected the possibility of making cigarettes illegal by saying the underground product would be “even more dangerous than those currently marketed.” So when you make popular products illegal, it has the potential to make those products more dangerous. Gee, ya think?”
      ~ Derek Thompson

    • This is not my America

      Oh no he didnt go there :D…ok I gotta go read this..

      • This is not my America

        Oh yes..the fromer Mexican gov did go there….looking bad for the’good guys’.

  • John Doe

    Well think about this, There are no related deaths from smoking Marjuana or casses of cancer but yet Tabacco is leagl. an estmated 1.5 of that 2 billion is used for cracking down on grow ops and weed smokers/dealers. So only 500 million is used on fighting the real drug problems…
    So why dont they legalize it? Well If they did it would make a bigger impact on the economy then cutting out unemployment… Its really that large of an under ground Industry. So decrimalization Well that would mean That the Gov. made a mistake and wont really admit to it so they turn there head..LOL yeah like that will happen.
    So what should they do!? Well maybe just start looking the other way, Dont annonce it just Ignore it. So what theres a goup of kids smoking a joint, theres another group of kids throwing rocks through a window that arn’t smoking a joint. Just saying Because ther smoking a joint doesn’t make them bad.

  • Scott

    Fresh new article at WSJ about upcoming Calderon visit (no comments yet, and I can’t chime in yet).

    Feel free to have at it:

    Tensions rise as U.S. and Mexico meet

  • malcolm kyle

    9 out of 10 for Mr Homberger:

    “After more than 30 years of death, destruction, and failure, the two primary advocates of the war on drugs are public officials and drug lords. The reason is obvious: these two groups are the biggest beneficiaries of the drug war. The drug lords make money off the war — big money. And government officials make money off the war — big money.”

    http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/9039-why-cops-love-the-drug-war.html

  • vicky vampire

    Banning Spice,taxing, sin taxes,more cameras, and they just arrested a bunch of gang members in big ‘sweep across country, THAT WILL STOP the drug supply that’s what they tell themselves it will work we just have to try a bit harder,We are getting closer to the goal.
    OK.I believe you pro-hibs now NOT.!!!

  • Duncan20903

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    You would think they would at least put up a post on Craigslist and try to get a few bucks back. You could probably make real good money offering submarine rides at various resort destinations if you could get a cheap enough submarine.

    “must sell or sink, home made U-boat, pristine condition, only used once. Make an offer. I just might take it. I’m going to have to scuttle it if I can’t sell. Will also consider trading for a substantial pile of styrofoam peanuts. I’ll bring my own hefty bags. email me for pics, questions or to make an offer!

    Well what do you know. I wasn’t the first guy to promote commerce in styrofoam peanuts:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4sALru9IJk

  • ezrydn

    I have to laugh at the “past 70 years of PRI.” The first political party to rise was government controlled. It went through 3-4 tltle changes since it’s mid-1800s birth, but today, it’s called PRI.

    Most literate people I run around with are aligned with PAN. The original PRI began it’s life by shooting opponents prior to elections. A good book, which I just finished is “Fire and Blood: History of Mexico.” Damned good read and truly informative.