"Gotta Get the Go-Fast"
(See R. Watts, pp. 84-87, September 1999 Proceedings)
Charles M. Fuss, Jr., author of Sea of Grass (Naval Institute Press, 1996)—Lieutenant Commander Watts notes that maritime smuggling has changed significantly in a short time. He characterizes the early days as involving "random, slow, and easy to catch bulk shipments of marijuana." That is only part of the story. We have met the go-fasts once before and defeated them.
I have some knowledge of what worked against these smugglers in the past based on interviews with indicted and/or convicted major drug smugglers as part of my duties with the National Narcotics Border Interdiction System (NNBIS). I also prepared the maritime smuggling scenarios for the 1988 drug interdiction games at the Naval War College. NNBIS, established in 1983, was the first major attempt at a joint counternarcotics effort. It brought the military and the intelligence community into the drug war.