Colombian Navy Seizes Submarine with $87M Cocaine and 2 Dead Bodies"

Submarine with cocaine

Colombian naval officers recently intercepted a semi-submarine drifting in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia. The submarine was found to be carrying roughly 5,800 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $87 million, and had a gruesome discovery onboard. 

Two dead men and two men clinging to life were discovered, both of whom required immediate medical attention. The Navy suspects their poor health was caused by the inhalation of toxic fumes from fuel problems inside the boat. 

The survivors and cocaine were transported to the Tumaco-Nariño municipality, where it was confirmed that the drugs onboard were, in fact, cocaine.

This is not the first time the Colombian Navy has intercepted a "narco sub." In 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard seized a submarine with 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth over $165 million, and in 2020, the Colombian Navy seized another “narco sub” with four tons of cocaine worth about $150 million. 

These submarines are capable of carrying up to six tons of cocaine and often have special technology to help evade detection. These submarines are commonly used by drug traffickers, but other groups also use them for illicit activities. 

For example, guerilla groups like FARC also use these submarines for illegal activities, such as drug smuggling, to fund their operations.

In this case, the Colombian Navy is determined to continue to use all its capabilities to stop the scourge of narcotrafficking. The use of these submarines highlights the ongoing battle against drug trafficking and the need for increased surveillance and detection methods to prevent the transportation of drugs. 

The discovery also underscores the extreme measures that drug traffickers are willing to take to transport their goods and the risks involved, including the loss of life.

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