1.5 tons of Cocaine and a submersible seized in Colombia

By Dialogo
June 03, 2009

BOGOTA, 02 June 2009 (AFP)-The Navy reported this Thursday that Colombian authorities had seized 1.5 tons of Cocaine, a submersible and a speedboat near the Pacific coast. Admiral Jesús Bejarano, Commander of the Pacific Naval Forces, reported that the finding occurred on a stream in the Sanquianga National Park, in the department of Nariño (in the Southwest). The report specified that 1.5 tons of cocaine hydrochloride, a “go fast” speedboat, a semi submergible, three M-16 rifles, cartridges, ammunitions clips and radios and communications equipment were seized during the operation that was conducted by both the Prosecutor’s Office and the Intelligence Service. These elements belong to a drug trafficking group, on which security forces are making advances in investigation, though none has been captured yet. The Navy indicated that currently the number of submersibles belonging to the drug trafficking group that have been seized has risen to 42, and it estimates that each one of the submersibles is capable of transporting between 6 to 10 tons of drugs. The submersibles are able to travel up to 1,000 to 2,000 miles, which is the equivalent of one to two week trips.