Colombia: Navy seizes semi-submersible

WMI | 26 June 2012

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Colombian navy seized on June 25 a semi-submersible capable of carrying eight tons of cocaine, in the municipality of Mosquera, inside the jungle of the Southern department of Nariño, authorities said.

The vessel was found on the shores of the Guandipa River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean, said Rear Admiral Rodolfo Amaya, commander of the Pacific Naval Force.

“This is a big vessel, made of fiberglass, with two engines and navigation equipment,” Amaya said.

The vessel has an approximate value of US$1 million and authorities believe it belonged to notorious drug gang “Los Rastrojos.”

This is the second semi-submersible seized by the navy this year, after one seized May 28 in the Cajambre River, close to the Pacific port city of Buenaventura, authorities added.

[DPA, 25/06/2012; Elespectador.com (Colombia), 25/06/2012]

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