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. SHOOOOOO

    I just farted. Shoooooo : )

    February 15, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. boxer

    hey columbia got its first submarine! maybe it will have a navy soon?

    February 15, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. :P

    They probably trashed this for a newer version. The military came across it and decided to grab some credit for finding an old model T in the woods.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Q.

    The missing part of this story is "Why smuggle them to Mexico?" Bingo... get them to the Mexican Cartels that can then walk across the border into the US with them. The Mexican cartels must control most of So. America now, replacing the habitual ruling Columbian Cartel structure. Secure that border!

    February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    Gilligan and the professor built it ! lol

    February 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. sbast18

    Gotta say it, A. Goodwin...if my assumption, like yours, correctly regards the foolishness of Obama's effort on virtually any front from which we may pick....I'm w mizipix. All I can say is, don't believe everything you read. Obama wouldn't want to hurt any coke feelings by enforcing drug control or border control. As for the record numbers of people being deported...well...? That's sorta kinda like our unemployment statistics: 9% means 17% due to the people who go off the roles, Doesn't mean they actually found work, ya know. Our border is a giant merry-go-round: home they go, here they are again to say hello. Sorry bud. Obama bites the big one. Nothing from him but mistruths and inexperience.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. RollNMyEyes

    Colombian drug sub...doubtful, I don't see the gold rims or hydraulic system anywhere...

    February 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. 5dollaFootLong

    2 mil???? What a rip-off. At most it should have been $500. It's FebruANY people.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. AZLib

    Simple solution. All this coast guard, army, boarder security etc. is a waste of time. The big issue is that we are sending Billions of dollars proping up the gov in columbia. To stop the drug traficing of cocaine we need to go to Columbia and open up a building to BUY the cocaine plants at a reasonsable price. Field worker whom today get paid from drug lords would bring the crops to the bulding and sell it by the ton.. Drug lords would now need to protect their fields from their own people.. The higher we paid the more problems for the drug lords.. in the end more and more production would be destroyed through the workers who today make very little... We are buying out the crops before they are processed into cocain. We can stop sending billions to the columbian gov, reduce all the military/navy and coast guard search and patrol over time. Even Mexico will benefit.. Take away the profits and the drug lords will be out of business....

    February 15, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gern

    Horrywooood! Horrywooood!

    February 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. somedude

    impressive.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. CC

    Torpedo it...then perhaps they'll think twice before trying again.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Just concerned

    Hello......CIA ,FBI, Narco, Homeland Security, CSI, DMV, SSI and all the .gov. I would look more into this. A Sub could travel from Colombia to Mexico?? How about a sub full of Terrorist from Iran to US??? Some one is not paying attention.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • theguy

      Look, I don't mean to panic you, but there's this thing out there called the real world- and in that place, the USA isn't all-knowing, all-mighty, and sometimes is just plain arrogant and obnoxious. Fact is, thousands of people and tons of illegal cargo enter the USA every day, despite anyone's best efforts. Before you say it, please be aware that erecting fences simply isn't techically feasible.. and even if it were, it's far to costly, and you can go over or under or through with little regard. This is what doesn't fit on a bumper sticker. If someone wants to get something into this country badly enough, I doubt they could be stopped. Between corruptable humans and simple it's-too-much-space-too-monitor-every-inch, realize that porous borders are the ONLY kind. Now, knowing this to be true.. I'm of the opinion that we need to examine just how it is we interact with the rest of the planet.. we need to grow up, as a society- and address real problems instead jailing everyone and fighting unwinnable battles. We can't stop them if they really want to hit us.. they will keep trying until it works. Instead, we've got to figure out how to have fewer people trying to do things like this in the first place. I don't know the answer.. but I can sure see that what we are doing isn't working.

      February 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John Locke

    My God, they found the island.....

    February 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. James

    I find it interesting that none of the peopel leaving comments realize that this is the exact same "Drug-Sub" that CNN reported on last year, only this time the image is from a differant angle.
    Goes to show the attention span these days here in the U.S.
    How quickly you all forget.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      OMG!! You mean that CNN didn't rush a photographer down hiking through the jungles of Colombia to take a new picture for this one article!
      You may not realize but it is standard reporting to use "stock" photos. If they report on 747 having trouble on take-off, they dig up a picture of a 747, they don't rush out and take a new picture of the exact plane in question.

      February 16, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
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