Colombian National Navy Seizes Semisubmersible
By Dialogo January 10, 2013
During maritime control operations, National Navy units seized a semisubmersible in the Colombian Pacific, about 60 nautical miles to the west of the Naya River’s mouth, which borders Valle del Cauca and Cauca districts.
The operation was carried out by air and land units belonging to the National Navy’s “Poseidón” Task Force against Drug Trafficking, which seized the self-propelled semisubmersible that was approximately 15 meters long and three meters wide with a capacity to transport up to four tons of cocaine cocaine hydrochloride.
The semisubmersible vessel, which apparently belonged to criminal gangs for drug trafficking, was found adrift in open waters, without a crew or cargo.
According to preliminary reports, the vessel was to be loaded at that location, before continuing its trip to Central America.
It is the first semisubmersible seized in 2013 by the National Navy, after eight similar vessels were seized in 2012. Including this seizure, 82 illegal artifacts have been either seized or neutralized since 1993, when the first drug trafficking semisubmersible was confiscated.
The National Navy will continue developing offensive operations on a permanent basis, with the goal of neutralizing logistic structures of illegal organizations and their entire production chain to transport drugs.