Colombian military seizes drug smuggling submarine

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 By

Photo of a submarine.

Drug smuggling submarine - transportation of the modern day. CC by Fotograf/Photographe/Photographer: Jean-Michel Roche/Wikimedia Commons

A drug smuggling submarine has been appropriated by the Colombian authorities, foiling a plot by drug cartels to ship cocaine to North America. Crafts of this type are normally unable to completely submerge and aren’t technically true submarines, but the one recently found is. They are not easily detected, and crafts of this type have an easy time going unnoticed by sonar.

Forces combine to foil drug smuggling plot

The Daily Mail reports that an operation including the air force, navy, Colombian Inspector General’s office and Columbian authorities has led to a huge drug smuggling bust. The drug smuggling sub was found in the swamps near the town of Timbiqui by the region of Cauca. Cuaca is on the Pacific coast of Colombia, and the swamps lead directly to the ocean. The drug submarine was already loaded with eight tons of cocaine and contained computers for navigation and bunks for a four-man crew. There were no persons aboard the craft when it was discovered, but firearms were recovered along with the cargo.

Craft likely headed for U.S. or Mexico

The craft was a new breed of drug smuggling submersibles, or Narco Subs, which have been used for years. The subs are often only used once, though drug cartels spend millions on making the fiberglass subs. Drug smuggling submersibles typically cannot completely submerge under water. The Timbiqui craft, on the other hand, could submerge for extended periods of time as deep as 40 feet, or nine meters. The Wall Street Journal reports that the 105-foot craft could have gotten to the coast of Mexico or the United States.

Developments in drug smuggling

Drug cartels are getting crafty about drug transfer, especially when it comes to getting into the United States. A marijuana-flinging catapult was recently found near the U.S.-Mexico border. Submersibles have been common for many years now. Because they were known of but not captured for so long, the nickname “Bigfoot” was tied to them. Now that drug cartels have started making subs that can submerge, it’s anticipated that remote controlled drug submersibles are likely to follow.

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Daily Mail

Wall Street Journal


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