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Police Seize Secret Sub Capable of Carrying 10 Tons of Cocaine

Police Seize Secret Sub Capable of Carrying 10 Tons of Cocaine

Ecuadorean security forces stand on a submarine being built clandestinely by suspected drug traffickers in mangrove swamps near San Lorenzo. (AP)

Associated Press

July 06, 2010

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – Police in Ecuador seized a 100-foot submarine being built by suspected drug traffickers capable of carrying a crew of six and 10 tons of cocaine on underwater voyages lasting up to 10 days — a “game changer” for U.S. anti-drug and border security efforts, officials said Monday.

A raid Friday by 120 police officers and soldiers netted the fiberglass sub as it was nearing completion in a clandestine “industrial complex” hidden in mangrove swamps near San Lorenzo, a town just south of the Colombian border.

The craft was outfitted with a conning tower, a periscope, air conditioning and “scrubbers” to purify the air, and bunks for a maximum crew of six. But what set the craft apart from semi-submersible craft that drug traffickers have used for years was a complex ballast system that would have enabled it to dive as deep as 65 feet before surfacing.


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  • Car6_max50

    Ahi

    over 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Good catch!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    What a big catch ~ Outstanding job for our LEO brothers down South America! ~ What a big fish!

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    clayton1966

    almost 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    Damn Why Couldnt catch someting like that when I go Fishing Great Job guys ! !

  • Elf_owl_species-micrathene-whitneyi-1_max50

    zjd

    almost 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    Moral victory. That's what it is every time. Looks like some folks are employed in Ecuador though, and they carry American rifles too. What a co-ink-eedink. doop-ee-doo.

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    cgregor12

    almost 4 years ago

    3026 Comments

    Well when you have the money might as well make a sub right? Next time they just need to hire someone who can actually drive it LOL!

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    KAICHARESE

    almost 4 years ago

    2780 Comments

    Good catch guys....

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    46182 Comments

    It amazes me that if these drug dealer used there minds for legal activities how productive life could be. Nice grab.

  • Bosox_2_max50

    Jonas

    almost 4 years ago

    41226 Comments

    Great catch.......

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50

    skascooter007

    almost 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    sweet

  • Spartan_cops_max50

    Lawful_Blue

    almost 4 years ago

    1184 Comments

    Nothing new, although good job on retrieving the sub.

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    SkoolCop

    almost 4 years ago

    4536 Comments

    Went fishing the other day and look what I caught......... GREAT CATCH!!!!!!!

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    SuzanneNGa

    almost 4 years ago

    16580 Comments

    OMG! That's one amazing story! A submarine... I would never have thought that drug dealers would use one but it makes perfect sense

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    JC1118

    almost 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    Great score. On to the next!

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Come on guys, does this really surprise you? They have billions of dollars to work with. We know that they have been using semi-submersibles for some time and the rumors have abounded that they are using fully submersibles now. As one poster said, this is ONE that they caught. How many others are out there right now? Our USCG hopefully has some damn good anti-sub sonar to find them and the right to use depth charges when located!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    sounds like they had help from some sort of military apparatus

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