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. RedJackal

    Looks like something out of "Uncharted." Sweet.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. PARROT

    THAT'S THE REASON WHY THE BRITISH ALMOST LOST THE WAR AT THE FALKLANDS WITH THE ARGENTINIANS, SOUTH AMERICANS ARE SMART PEOPLE...!!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. PARROT

    THOSE SOLDIERS ON TOP OF THE SUBMARINE ARE SO WELL CAMOUFLAGED THAT I DIDN'T SEE THEM AT THE FIRST LOOK OF THE PICTURE, ONE HOUR LATER I TOOK A SECOND LOOK AT THE PICTURE AND FOUND THEM...AMAZING..! lol

    February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. patch vader

    "Scotty- more power- the Klingons are closing"
    "aye captain, I'm giving all she's got, but you cannot break the laws of physics(sniff, snort)"

    February 15, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. patch vader

    Maybe we could update the movie "das boot"- make it in spanish and call it "das bong"

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alice

    America LOVES it's drugs. They can't make enough to keep up with us. The war on drugs is a waste of money. Tax it. Although, the government would corrupt it just like everything else they touch here. Prisons would be empty, cops wouldn't have anything to do, illegal guns would be less of an issue.

    Who wants that? I do. But we just HAVE to have those special task forces to combat the illegal drug trade. FAIL.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Alice

    Best pot, other than Amsterdam, is Canada hands down. I love the ignorance of people who "read" the news.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • yermomdukes

      You've obviously never been to California.

      February 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sean

    No that's imagination, innovation, heart, gall, and just plain hustle!
    now if they used this kind of imagination for something truly positive....
    http://www.reallionnaire.blogspot.com

    February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    I love the idiots on here who talk about legalizing drugs. To those people, do some research on what Meth does to the body? It rots teeth and you can almost watch a person age before your eyes. Coke has a lot of wonderful effects also. Would you feed that stuff to your newborn?
    These are the same people who talk about how smoking and being overweight are the two biggest health risks Americans face and how it is driving up Health Care costs. How do you think that adding legal drugs to the mix will help?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. JamesNM

    Das Boot.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. loaba

    There's a reason people spend 2 million dollars on a coke sub; 'cause it makes one run and it pays for itself. Make 2 runs, and it's nothing but gravy after that. Cocaine is big business and these guys aren't stupid. They're just engaged in illegal smuggling. It's an old business, folks.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mogdaork

    bob you really think that dont you?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. paoreus

    I liked how they didn't actually find any drugs but just assumed it was a cocaine sub. It was probably some poor guys pleasure boat. My house is capable of holding tons of kilos of cocaine but it's not a cocaine house. Or is it...

    February 15, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Unit34AHunt

    This sort of thing is why the USN and RN designed Hedgehog and Mousetrap.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. rpb

    Old News, Mayor For Life Bloomberg and his Straw Buyer's picked up a pair of these at a Texas Gun Show last week.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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