BOGOTA – Colombian authorities found in a rural area of the country’s northwestern Caribbean coast two submarines, each capable of transporting six tons of drugs, the armed forces said.
The navy said in a statement that the submarines were hidden in a sector of the mouth of the Tumarado River, a tributary of the Atrato River, ready to be loaded with cocaine.
The two impounded vessels were valued at close to 2 billion pesos ($900,000), and both, according to officials, are equipped with sophisticated navigation systems.
These submarines join the “42 semi-submergibles detected (since 1993) and intercepted both domestically and through cooperation with other countries,” the statement said.
Drug trafficking organizations use these vessels to transport large quantities of cocaine from storage centers on the Colombian coasts to beaches and ports in Central America.
Last Saturday Colombian police seized 3.5 tons of cocaine being shipped to the United States via Panama, Honduras and Mexico. EFE