Colombian soldiers guard a homemade submersible with a capacity to transport up to 8 tons of cocaine with a sailing range from Colombia to Mexico was found on the southwestern coast of the Colombian Pacific Ocean, the Colombian Army said. ( LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Colombian soldiers guard a homemade submersible with a capacity to transport up to 8 tons of cocaine with a sailing range from Colombia to Mexico was found on the southwestern coast of the Colombian Pacific Ocean, the Colombian Army said.
( LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Narco-Subs’ Eluding U.S. Drug Authorities

September 14, 2012  •  From theTrumpet.com
 

United States authorities are struggling to keep up with “the most ingenious innovation in the drug trade”: narcotics submarines.

Drug cartels have improved their techniques and technology from easily detectable “go fast” boats intended to simply outrun drug corps, to semi-submersible craft with conspicuous snorkels—and now to fully submersible vessels. The most advanced of these subs can haul 10 tons of cocaine at a time and for over 3,000 miles without surfacing for air. That’s the distance from Colombia to California. Although interdictions have captured 129 tons of U.S.-bound cocaine, 500 tons are estimated by the Coast Guard to be making it to the American cocaine market, notes the Atlantic Wire.

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