Guatemala Captures Narco-submarine in Pacific Waters

By Dialogo
July 13, 2010


The Guatemalan Navy has captured a narco-submarine loaded with five tons of
cocaine headed for the United States, Guatemalan authorities said
Sunday.

The navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), intercepted the seventeen-meter-long vessel Friday, in
Pacific coastal waters, and arrested four Colombians who were on board.

“There was a compartment for sleeping, another for the machinery, and a cargo
compartment full of cocaine,” Guatemalan armed forces spokesperson Byron Gutiérrez
said at a press conference.

The four men arrested remained in the custody of the DEA.

Every year, the drug cartels traffic hundreds of tons of South American
cocaine to the United States.

In October 2009, a similar submarine was found about 175 kilometers from the
Guatemalan coast, with ten tons of cocaine on board.



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