Colombia seizes the largest drug submarine in history, transporting 3 tons of cocaine. Photo/TeleSur
BOGOTA – Navy Colombia intercept and seize the largest cocaine-filled submarine in history. The ship made by the narcotics cartel, the size of a military submarine, contained 102 packets of cocaine.
The operation was announced by the Colombian navy last Friday. In a statement, the Colombian navy said its vessels caught the submarine on radar in the Pacific Ocean and called a Colombian Air Force plane to track its progress.
Despite the bad weather, a unit of marines managed to intercept the ship and capture the three people on board.
The arrest saved the crew’s lives, the navy said, as the sub began sinking due to a leak in its engine area.
Marines found 102 packets of cocaine weighing more than three tons. After several attempts to refloat the submerged sub, it was scuttled to avoid disrupting shipping in the area.
According to Russia Today, Sunday (14/5/2023), the submarine is 30 meters long and three meters wide, making it the largest drug submarine seized since the first devices were found in 1993.
Designed and built by a drug cartel, these boats are technically semi-submersible, in that they travel just below the surface of the water to avoid detection.
The dimensions of these submarines are comparable to Iran’s Ghadir-class attack submarines.