>100-ft-Long Drug Submarine Found in Colombia
February 16, 2011
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A Drug Smuggling Submersible Discovered by Colombian Army in Timbiqui
A diesel electric-powered submarine capable of transporting eight tons of cocaine has been seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration authorities on Colombia’s southwest Pacific coast on Saturday.The submarine was constructed in a remote jungle and captured near a tributary close to the Ecuador-Colombia border. Ecuadorean authorities seized the sub before it could make its maiden voyageThe submersible was reportedly ready to embark upon its maiden voyage and would have been able to travel as far as Mexico had it not been intercepted Sunday in rural Timbiqui, Cauca.
“It is the first submersible to be seized in the country,” said General Jaime Herazo. Semi-submersible vessels, which cannot go fully underwater, have been in use by Colombian drug traffickers for some years. The captured vessel “can travel up to nine meters underwater,” added Herazo, saying that the ship was made of fibreglass and contained all the necessary technology to submerse itself fully.
Costing an estimated $2.12 million, with the capacity for four crew members, Herazo believes that the ship belongs to “narco-traffickers coupled with narco-terrorists, who received a heavy blow [due to its capture].”The army general was nevertheless unable to identify the specific owners at this time, although the computer and guns found inside may provide an answer.