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. broken teeth

    Should have painted it yellow.

    February 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mudman

    Know why the Mexican government doesn't have any submarines?
    Too many problems with the adobe...

    February 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marty

    Wouldn't you totally wet yourself if you stumbled upon this and realized what it was?

    February 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kappy

    Canada is the best! and people should vaporize weed, less bad carcinogens than smoking and all the THC!!!

    But Jill is right, nothing proves Weed is a gateway drug...just an excuse for the police state US to crackdown on people for no excuse and have the opportunity to seize property and cash as a result of a drug conviction. If alcohol and cigarettes are legal then weed should be too. Americans are just too ignorant to realize this and too used to be told what to do by the puppet masters in gov't.....stand up for yourself like the Islamic world is. Its the US that needs new reforms and needs to stop this ever-growing police state that all of north america is becoming

    February 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kappy

      and to be honest, Canada is no better.....now since Harper is trying to equal his mentor George W Canada is going to introduce legislation that would automatically make it a felony to grow one plant of weed.

      just keep putting the middle class down....eventually the people of north america will revolt and when it happens it will be ugly. but not for another 100 years or so, because north americans are gutless cowards

      February 15, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 2kong2wad

    The hood has been waiting for that submarine sandwich.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Capt. Nemo

    Das Toot!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lou50

    well long as there are democrats there will be a market in this country for their product!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Yeah, we crazy libs just drive you cons to it!

      February 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    Didn't I see this same article about a year ago?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro

      Yeah and these same ignorant comments as well

      February 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    1. Install a trackinng device on the sub
    2. Wait untill it is filled with $500 million of cocaine
    3. Bust it on the Mexico border, capture the crew, the receiving dock, and confiscate the coke.

    That hard?

    February 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Now if only they were crossing the Mexican border...

      February 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. josey

    Mark in VT, of course you can prove a negative. Your example: prove that you didn't just jump over your house. I saw you sitting down at the time you said you jumped over your house. The empirical evidence shows that marijuana does not have the health problems that the anti-drug campaigns led you to believe. Can you get cancer while using marijuana? Yes, but you can also get cancer while not using it. So if you still insist that you can’t prove a negative than I think we should trial you in the court of law for ever unsolved murder from last year, as it is you can’t prove you didn’t do them.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Prove there aren't two of him, one of whom just jumped said house.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    It cost $2M to make?! I guess that's why they made it.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NavalEngineer

    So how long do you think it will take before these guys buy a few Chevy Volts, strip the batteries and gen sets (engine and generator package) from them for their sub and actually run submerged most of the way?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ken

    report drug abuse

    February 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wise Guy

    Subway makes the best subs!

    February 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ladysub

    some of the comments on here are so ridiculous and off subject. Fact

    Admiral Stavridis stated in a speech in January 2011 that P-3s have been used to hunt down "third generation" narco subs.This is significant due to as recently as July 2009 fully submersible submarines have begun to be used in smuggling operations
    there are several assets that work together to look for these "subs". They dont really go down completely part of the top still shows. Even if you have the right equipment to acquire a hit off one of these subs, you still need to visually verify it, you have to deal with sudden weather and hot temperatures that can make some tools used worthless. If the sea is choppy you're not finding squat, if its not, its like trying to find a needle in a hay stack, although we have found some just not as many as we'd like and its not as if they're the only method of transport. They're just the newest and obviously one of the most effective even if they're not astically appealing. It's a lot of water filled with a lot of drug transporter and not enough assets. If America really wants to make a dent in the war on drugs how about buying them. There wouldnt be tons of illegals crossing our borders if there werent a bunch of lazy American fueling their drug addictions. We give these people the business they need but all I ever read about on all these news sites are ignorant people ranting about Mexicans. Maybe some of you should lay off the cocaine.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
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