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For US, a terror threat lurks in drug smuggling subs

Shift of cargo to arms and people is feared

So far this year, the Coast Guard says it has encountered at least 27 ''semi-submersibles'' headed toward the Southern and Western United States. So far this year, the Coast Guard says it has encountered at least 27 ''semi-submersibles'' headed toward the Southern and Western United States. (US Southern Command)
By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / August 17, 2008

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KEY WEST, Fla. - Skimming just below the surface, they are extremely difficult to detect from surveillance aircraft or patrol boats. Their sleek design, up to 80 feet in length, can secretly carry several tons of cargo thousands of miles. (Full article: 1085 words)

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