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Colombia intercepts largest ever known sub transporting three tons of cocaine to Central America

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Colombia intercepts largest ever known sub transporting three tons of cocaine to Central America

Colombian military intercepts 98-foot submarine – largest ever known sub transporting 3 tons of cocaine worth $103 million to Central America

  • The Colombian Navy and Air Force intercepted a  semi-submarine off its Pacific Ocean coast transporting three tons of cocaine to Central America
  • The  submersible is said to be the largest stopped in 30 years – it was 98-feet long by six-feet wide – but sunk because it had taken on water
  • Three Colombian nationals were taken into custody; they face six to 14 years if found guilty 

The Colombian military stopped the largest narco semi-submarine carrying narcotics before it sunk in the ocean.

The 98-feet long by six-feet wide submersible was recently intercepted in the Pacific Ocean while it was navigating towards Central America with more than three tons of cocaine, the navy announced this week.

The vessel was stopped after a joint pursuit involving the Navy and Air Force.

At least three Colombian men, aged 45, 54, and 63 were taken into custody.

The suspects face between six to 14 years in prison, if convicted. 

A joint operation involving the Navy and Air Force stopped a 98-foot semi-submarine – the largest intercepted 30 years – carrying three tons of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia. The Colombian Navy said that the massive shipment’s destination was Central America, but did not specify the country it was going to be dropped off at

The shipment weighed 3,058 kilos and was divided into 120 bags

The shipment weighed 3,058 kilos and was divided into 120 bags

One of the cocaine packages pulled for testing contained a Toyota label

One of the cocaine packages pulled for testing contained a Toyota label

Navy captain Juan Pinilla said their first order was to rescue the three suspects from drowning in the sub before they were pulled out to safety and later handcuffed.

The marines were then able to remove 120 large bags with the massive shipment that registered 3,058 kilos.

‘(We) prevented $103 million from entering the finances of drug trafficking and 7.6 million doses from being distributed on the streets of the world,’ Pinilla said.

The military attempted to keep the semi-submarine afloat, but it took on so much water that they had to let it sink.

The Navy said the three-ton cocaine shipment had a $103 million street value

The Navy said the three-ton cocaine shipment had a $103 million street value

The first ever cartel submersible was intercepted off the island of Providencia in 1993. The military confiscated a shipment of cocaine valued at $1 million in the operation.

Since then, the military has stopped 228 semi-submarines or submarines transporting narcotics.

Three submersibles belonging to two dissident groups from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were confiscated in March in the province of Nariño near the border with Ecuador.

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