100-foot-long narco sub found in Colombia
The homemade drug submarine was found in a rural area of Timbiqui.
February 15th, 2011
06:31 AM ET

100-foot-long narco sub found in Colombia

The Colombian military has seized a 100-foot-long submarine capable of transporting eight tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, news reports say.

The vessel was found in a jungle area in Timbiqui in southwestern Colombia on Sunday, according to a report from RTT News.

Colombian navy officials said the homemade sub had two diesel engines and sophisticated navigational equipment that would enable it to travel to Mexico while remaining up to 30 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

The vessel was set up for a crew of four but was unoccupied when found,  RTT reported. Officials estimated it would have cost $2 million to build.

The submarine is just the latest example of crafts smugglers have made to try to get their illicit cargo past law enforcement.

Last year, VBS.TV got access to the Colombian naval base where many captured smuggling vessels are taken.

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  1. The Skud (Australia)

    Is this a 'file picture'? That photo has been around for ages, or they keep finding new subs in the same creek.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    A guy is in a P/U truck with penguins riding in the back. Then an officer spots them.......

    February 16, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. CW3 Pookey

    I gave up "sniffing glue" when I got my Pilot Wings........

    March 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Descartes

    Man, the smugglers who were chosen to navigate this thing are the bravest souls on Earth.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tony Montano

    Say Hello to my little friend!

    March 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pau

    That's not a good face for Colombian people to the world. but however it seems that we are really s,art. no one can invet something like that. :)

    April 11, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mizlplix

    LOL......Sad statement of the condition of our Federal Government. They are afraid to enforce even the laws that have been in effect for years, much less the newer ones. The sad fact is that although the same laws are in effect on the northern border but you dont see a flood of Canadians smuggling people and drugs down here....There must be a lesson to be learned here....

    February 15, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. ER

    Too funny.

    February 15, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Hey Mizlpix, does that mean "one who just says what he thinks without really knowing?" Why don't you type in a Google search that says Canadian drug smuggling and see the results. Can't grow much coca or pot in Canada either. So what's the lesson learned there big guy?

    February 15, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. George

    Mike: I beg to differ. Some of the highest quality, most expensive pot smuggled into the US comes from Canada. It's called "BC bud" since it's grown in British Columbia, outdoors.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tad Pole

    I remember this joke with penguins. A guy comes back from an expedition, and had penguins with him. He decides he can't keep them and asks a neighbor to "bring them to the zoo". Later that day he sees the neighbor and asks what is up, and why he didn't bring them to the zoo. The neighbor replies, "we had some money left over, so now we are going for burgers".

    February 15, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. John

    I preferred this joke when it was about penguins.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. UMustBe Joking

    @W: Not.

    February 15, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. cdgfla


    February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nick

    @W – but you did win the "your life has no purpose" award.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
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