(UnitedVoice.com) – Drug smugglers have come up with all kinds of creative ways to move product from one country to another. Speed boats, tunnels, food products, inside of humans, and even submarines. That last one was recently used off the coast of Colombia, but it turned out to be a really bad idea.
On Sunday, March 12, the Colombian Navy found a 49-foot-long vessel, known as a narco sub, just floating in the Pacific Ocean. When they searched it, they found two dead bodies and more than 2.6 tons of cocaine. The drugs had a street value of over $87.7 million. In addition to the corpses, there were two survivors on board the homemade submarine.
The New York Post reported Colombia’s Ministry of National Defense issued a statement saying the survivors were in “poor health conditions on the outside of the vessel.” There was some kind of accident on board that was “due to the generation of toxic gases from the fuel.”
Video of the discovery shows Navy personnel pulling packages of cocaine out of the vessel.
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According to Vice, the vessel was most likely on its way to Central America when the accident occurred. Many drugs that make their way into the US are first sent to that region.
The United Nations Office on Drug Crime has explained that Colombian smugglers usually transport their drugs to Mexico or Central America by sea, then they use land routes to actually get them into the US and Canada. American authorities have estimated about 90% of the cocaine entering the US comes through the US-Mexico border.
In 2020, Buzzfeed News published a video report showing just how much work smugglers put into these submarines. The vessels are designed to avoid detection and are often very hard for authorities to find.
The US Coast Guard has found multiple narco subs over the years and kept millions of dollars of drugs from reaching America’s shores.
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