15 September 2008

Future Employment for Submariners in Narco-Trafficking

Submariner types who get out before the 20 rough years required for retirement have some options available to them. Big nuke energy conglomerates like GE and Westinghouse are a good transition from military life to the real world, but tough economic times could limit opportunity. Luckily, drug traffickers are turning to makeshift subs to schlepp cocaine from South America. From CNN (based on Coast Guard press release):

The U.S. Coast Guard seized seven tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $8.4 million in what one officer called "the most dangerous operation of my career."

The U.S. Coast Guard said it found seven tons of cocaine aboard this vessel Saturday in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

A Coast Guard team seized the drugs and arrested four suspected smugglers after boarding the stateless vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean, about 350 miles west of Guatemala, on Saturday.

The vessel, a submarine-like ship known as a self-propelled semi-submersible, moves beneath the surface of the water but cannot submerge completely like a true submarine.
Seven tons of blow is enough to put Ted Kennedy's yacht to shame, and the white gold has enough street value to provide the average employee a decent health plan, wage, and the fringe benefit of hanging out with celebrities looking to party. Unfortunately, these drug cartel guys don't have a place to submit your resume, but the cocaine submarine YouTube video seems to be their company jingle.