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Cocaine Smuggling Submarines: Druggies Getting Trickier

November 7, 2008

Authorities discovered a submarine-like vessel Friday still under construction by drug traffickers who planned to use it to smuggle cocaine, the head of Colombia’s secret police said.

Eduardo Fernandez said the fiberglass submarine was nearly complete when police found it near the Pacific Ocean, in Tumaco, 370 miles southwest of Bogota.

Associated Press

“The ingenuity of drug traffickers is amazing,” Fernandez told The Associated Press.

He said the vessel would have been used to carry cocaine to speed boats offshore, which would then take the drugs to Central America or Mexico, for eventual delivery to the United States.

The discovery came after authorities were tipped off to pieces of fiberglass and other construction material being transported to where the submarine was being built.

Officials stand next to an submersible craft with 1.6 tons of ... 
Officials stand next to an submersible craft with 1.6 tons of cocaine in Cabo Manglares, near the Ecuadorean border with Colombia November 4, 2008.REUTERS/John Vizcaino (COLOMBIA)

Fernandez didn’t provide details of its size. But Colombian authorities have caught drug traffickers using subs on a few occasions. They have been small, fiberglass vessels that travel just below the surface. But in 2000, police on a raid of a warehouse near Bogota were stunned to find a 100-foot-long steel submarine being built to transport up to 150 tons of cocaine.

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Coke, Superstars, Booze, Jail and Rehab: Amy Winehouse

November 5, 2008

Singer Amy Winehouse’s husband, jailed for an assault on a pub landlord in 2006 and perverting the course of justice, has been released from prison.

Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, of Camden, north London, was jailed for 27 months for assaulting James King at the Macbeths pub in Hoxton, east London.

From the BBC

Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil

Blake Fielder-Civil admitted assault on the pub landlord

He also admitted trying to bribe Mr King to withdraw his complaint.

He is believed to have checked into rehab soon after he was freed from Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk.

In July Fielder-Civil was jailed by Snaresbrook Crown Court after admitting both charges against him.

The nine months he spent in jail on remand was deducted from his sentence.

It is believed his time in rehab is a part of the terms of his release.

Winehouse was not present when her husband was released from prison.