BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia has intercepted its first narco-submarine of the 12 months, the navy mentioned Monday, as drug traffickers within the South American nation produce document quantities of cocaine destined for Europe and the US.
The submersible was intercepted on Saturday morning off Colombia’s Pacific Coast, navy spokesman Capt. Wilmer Roa mentioned. The 15 meter-long, selfmade craft was carrying nearly 800 kilograms of cocaine in small packages the scale of bricks. The packets had been had been stamped with pictures of scorpions and Mexican flags.
“In actuality, this was a small” seizure, Roa mentioned. “We’ve caught submarines with nearly 3,500 kilos” of the drug.
Roa mentioned that final 12 months Colombia’s navy captured 10 narco-submarines.
Colombia’s authorities has struggled to restrict cocaine manufacturing in recent times, as insurgent teams and drug trafficking gangs take over territory that was deserted by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerrillas following the group’s 2016 peace cope with the federal government.
In line with the UN’s workplace for Drug and Crime, the realm planted with coca bushes in Colombia reached an all time excessive of 230,000 hectares in 2022, with potential cocaine manufacturing additionally rising to 1,700 tons – a 24% improve from the earlier 12 months.
However whereas cocaine manufacturing will increase in Colombia, Ecuador is turning into a well-liked path to smuggle the drug.
On Saturday, officers in Ecuador introduced they’d additionally seized a submarine carrying 3.2 tons of cocaine. The submarine was captured with info provided by Colombia’s navy.
Roa defined that drug traffickers use the hulls of speedboats to make the submersibles, and adapt them to allow them to journey slightly below the floor of the ocean.
“Some folks die inside these machines, as a result of they expertise mechanical failures, or have very small ducts for letting in recent air,” he mentioned.