Like a Latin American Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, except with millions of dollars and people’s lives hanging in the balance, narco-traffickers and the DEA have been locked in an ongoing chase scene carried out in a parade of increasingly ludicrous homemade drug-smuggling vehicles.
In the 80s it was small low-flying planes and secret landing strips. As radar technology improved the cartels switched to superpowered ships that somebody let a kindergarten class name “go-fast boats.” Every time the Feds get hep to the latest conveyance the smugglers head back to the drawing board, making the boats smaller and less detectable, then semi-submersible, and finally developing full-on submarines from old torpedo shells in the middle of the South American jungle. In this edition of Motherboard, we travel to Colombia to chat with the navy’s drug squad and a former trafficker about what kwazy konveyances are bringing us our drugs these days. Of course, given that this is what the authorities have already discovered, God only knows what those scamps have gotten up to in the interim.
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Dole sued over links to Colombian death squads
Thu, 07 May 2009 01:17:27 GMT
Dole Food Company is being sued by the families of 57 people allegedly murdered by paramilitaries hired by the US firm at its banana plantations in Colombia.
A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges that Dole hired the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) despite the fact that the group had been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department.