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Photo of a 2000 Horse Power Boat Used to Smuggle Drugs-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a photograph of boat
with eight 250 horse power outboard engines that says that boats like
these were designed to smuggle drugs across the English Channel.
The Truth: This boat is real and was
built by Crompton Marine in the United Kingdom, a boat designer that
specializes in high speed recreational boats.
The Daily Mail
newspaper reported in 2007 that two of the partners in the company "were suspected of making secret cash
deals on boats costing up to £350,000, each with eight 250-horsepower
engines strapped to the back."
According to the
article, the boats are between 30ft and 60ft in overall boat length and
can reach speeds of close to 60 knots, which could allow them to out-run
law enforcement in pursuit. Because of the boat's color and low
profile it is difficult to be detected by radar and the naked eye.
These boats have eight 250 horse power outboards attached at their
transom which is 4 times more that what is normally seen on recreational
boats of that size and design. One Crompton Marine owner pleaded
guilty to two money laundering and another was charged with money
laundering, tax evasion and drug trafficking.
Click for article.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
2,000 HP Outboard Inflatable ...
Here's the latest drug runner toy from Europe ...
This thing belts across the English channel 3 times per week and was
just a blur on the radar of the British Coast Guard.
They were so astonished by the speed of the unknown craft, they
brought in a special high speed helicopter to chase it. Drugs were found
on board. Of course, you'd have to be on drugs to put the throttle down
on this thing.
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