Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Failing to see the Bigger Problem

The AP is reporting that a Shipyard worker in Pearl recently got sentenced for selling boat parts as scrap for money. As he is already being sentenced, this must be a somewhat old story that I had previously missed (Any idea, Rob?). Now, selling sub parts? Yeah, ok, bad. Although it is conceivable they were junk - we had a guy on the boat who would empty out the scrap dumpster when cool stuff got thrown away (impeller to the trim pump that cracked, old RCP switches, etc.). He claimed he was building a broken submarine.

However, here is what disturbed me about the report, which got second billing to the fact that this guy was selling parts, along with five yardbirds. They were selling the stuff to buy crystal methamphetamine! Yeah, great, high yardbirds, that is all we need. Glad we didn't do our refit in Pearl - with my luck they would have been the guys who patched up the hull cuts...

UPDATE: Go figure, the Honolulu Star has the story, and in more detail, too. Looks like it was scrap they were seliing, and not usable parts. Which leads me to wonder what the judge meant when he said, "What you did was flat-out dangerous." (H/T The Sub Report)

4 Comments:

At 7:48 AM, Blogger Rob said...

It wasn't just scrap...yes, it was at my (current) command, and while they did sell scrap (which is quite valuable) they also sold new parts. One valve they sold (worth several thousand, sold for scrap for a few hundred) prevented a surface ship here from making a scheduled underway.

And yes, they were doing it to fund an ice habit/ring.

It hit a couple of months ago, though the sting has apparently been going on for a while. Hawaii has a major crystal meth problem, by the way...

 
At 7:52 AM, Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Wow... and I thought the ecstasy bust in Groton was bad. At least they weren't stealing operational parts - just using subs to transport drugs, aka the Columbian cartels. (And yeah, guys on my old boat were involved in that one. *shudder*)

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger jeff said...

When I left Oahu (Schofield) in late 1991 they were just starting to talk about the "ice" problem in Hawaiian schools... so they've had a major crystal meth problem for about 15 years now.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Vigilis said...

PBS, seeing the bigger problem requires connecting dots that politicians, lawyers and lawyer-politicians would rather not have connected. What makes us think drug kingpins must be from South America (other than that is how the statute DEFINED kingpin)? What makes us think 7,000,000 lawyers in this country want an end to crime or litigation controversies? We have one major party dominated by lawyers (can you guess) and one that is infiltrated. We get more of the same from this corrupt arrangement. Voters can fix it, but first they must remove their blinders.

 

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