Colombian navy busts ‘drug sub’
By Dialogo May 30, 2012
BUENAVENTURA, Colombia – Colombian authorities said that on May 29 they impounded a homemade semi-submersible sea craft capable of transporting up to five tons of drugs.
It was the first time this year naval authorities nabbed one of these vessels, but 76 have been seized since the first one was found in 1993, the navy said.
The “drug sub,” which is 7.5 meters (24.6 feet) long and 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, was designed to be unmanned and quietly tugged by another vessel or vessels to its destination. The sub was found alongside a go-fast boat capable of carrying another 10 tons of drugs, the navy said.
Sometimes dubbed “narco-torpedoes,” these vessels became popular in the 1990s with drug traffickers seeking to evade authorities’ ever-improving radar.
The semi-submersible was found just outside Colombia’s Pacific port of Buenaventura, officials said.
[AFP (Colombia), 29/05/2012; Armada Nacional (Colombia), 29/05/2012]