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. Kyle

    It looks like we are now officially winning the drug war!
    After we captured this sub, I heard that the Colombians are finally going to stop trying to bring drugs to America.
    Plus since we seized all the drugs inside it there are no more left to be sold any how.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      haha i like this comment i hope people pick up on the sarcasm.
      this is such a genius idea though.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • SweeTeaNoVa

      Not that I'm advocating drug smuggling, I'm not but this is ingenious! I Love it! You have to give a hats off for creativity.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      We could nuke Columbia flat and still they'd have drugs to sell.

      February 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      nice! to bad some smart person will actually take u serious! but its pretty funny!!! i got a smile outta that one!

      February 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jillian Galloway

    Marijuana has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or overdoses, and its addictive potential is about on par with coffee. The DEA is 100% misinformed when it calls marijuana "extremely harmful"!

    The marijuana prohibition empowers the drug dealers and cartels, and makes our children LESS safe! Because of the failings of the prohibition, our children now have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol! We parents have been patient long enough, we must speak up and demand that marijuana be legally sold to adults in gas stations and supermarkets just as beer and wine are today!

    We need Laws based on Logic, not ideology! We need to Legalize Adult Marijuana sales!!

    February 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • justxsayxno

      On par with coffee?

      Coffee is the most addictive substance I have ever consumed. I have quit alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, sugar, processed high fat foods. After a short time I quit thinking about all of these. I quit coffee for two years and never stopped thinking about it.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • justxsayxno

      We need to deregulate drugs distribution completely. They should only be regulated for quality.

      We should not have to go to the Doctor to ask permission to take a drug that you need for survival or quality of life. We should be able to consult Doctors for knowledge and advice to help us make informed decisions about which drugs to use for which problems.

      If people are foolish enough to make bad choices then that is just part of natural selection. It only serves to strengthen the breed.

      If Doctors were consultants instead of our keepers we would not need a universal health care system.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark in VT

      That's BS. You can't prove a negative. So no, nobody has "proved" that marijuana doesn't cause cancer, just like nobody can prove that I didn't just go outside and jump over my house.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • justxsayxno

      That's BS! If we were spending a fortune studying you and watching to see if you ever jumped over your house it would be pretty safe to conclude you did not do it when no one saw you do it.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      weed 100% causes u to turn stupid and paranoid pretty fast. no studies need to be done to figure that one out.
      The United States work force is already fat and lazy they dont need to be paranoid and stupid on top of that because of drug addicts. Make weed laws more strict 3 strikes and stay in jail forever.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kburnach

      1. Coffee is highly addictive.
      2. It says cocaine which is highly dangerous, not only for the person using but for anyone near that person.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      What the hell has an article about cocaine got to do with pot? Oh! I get it! Since pot is a gateway drug that leads to cocaine use, you want pot legalized so that you can get more crack heads to sell to. Too bad your out of place rant tipped off the entire world to you being a drug pusher.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • HillsBros

      Be careful what you ask for...If marijuana was legalized it would be taxed to death just like alcohol and cigarettes. A joint would cost you $10. It would be another great money making machine that would profit only the drug lords who would then turn their operations into Corporations which would legally sell this drug in the U.S. Undercutting any hopes of small businesses that sell 'medical' marijuana. Even those individuals voted in Calif. to NOT legalize marijauna

      February 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve709

      Reply to Jill Gall
      Whoever told you that was probably stoned!! If weed is so great, I've got a challenge for you. Next time you have surgery, Make sure your doctor smokes a couple of bowls before he picks up the scalpel, you know, just so he's relaxed.

      February 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kite005

      I kind of agree with legalization but inhaling any kind of smoke is going to have adverse effects of some kind probably not unlike tobacco except chain smoking pot is probably less common. The majority of people who smoke pot probably smoke tobacco also.

      February 15, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • comments

      @BAM

      You are very wrong. The majority of the engineers, architects, doctors and other highly educated professionals I know all smoke copious amounts of weed. So that debunks your "stupid" claim and they certainly can't be "lazy" if they have all acquired the education and experience for their various professions. So, stop making claims that A) you have no experience on the subjust matter or B) Weed is your excuse for being stupid and lazy.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • comments

      @ Kite – Hey let's all make outlandish generalizations and use the world "probably" as much as possible in our sentences.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    That's awesome!

    February 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Journey

    I'm going to Mexico from Columbia....via Omaha!

    February 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodger

      Love the CDB!

      February 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jrddk7

    I was expecting a giant drug sandwich...

    February 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ronald Raygun

    i hate underwater....

    February 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rebecca

    this thing is awesome!!!!! Don't get me wrong i strongly oppose drugs-which is why i strongly oppose the war on drugs! Drug lords would never be able to afford a 2 million dollar submarine if drugs were legal!

    February 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kindof

      They would never be able to afforf it? Tobacco companies seem to be able to afford quite a bit of nefarious thingys.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • justxsayxno

      Tobacco Companies have the advantage of protectionism. There is plenty of room for profit in bootlegged tobacco. But no one is bootlegging it on any grand scale. I suspect that the consequences of getting caught are far more severe than the consequences of selling a little weed. They don't prosecute dope dealers for fraud. Because of the taxes imposed on tobacco they would prosecute the fraudulent avoidance of taxes for illegally distributing Tobacco.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TriggerHappy

    Keep blaming the sources of drugs and ignore the demand. Keep blaming the illegals, and not the employers. Fact is we can't stop abusing drugs and want cheap services and products. End the end, we as Americans will have no one to blame but ourselves. It's called the wimpification of a nation.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      its true. Demand for drugs will ALWAYS be there. but making them illegal just promotes drug cartels. Do you know how many people die as a direct result of drug cartels? THOUSANDS. Do you know why drug cartels are so willing to kill? The profit they make is worth it. They are stinking RICH because drugs are illegal.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Execute the junkies and the demand will disappear. That is how you win a "war on drugs", you kill people and break stuff. The junkies are the easiest to find so slaughter them and demand will plummet. It also opens up millions of jobs as the employed junkies die. That is a nice win-win-win situation. (yes, three wins. Think about it.)

      February 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Iconoclast

    To hell with the submarines, it's time to move up to ICBM's and skip Mexico all together. Or, if there are budgetary constraints I suppose one very big catapult might do. Go drug war! I see another big dent in the light at the end of tunnel with just one more surge we should be able to shift this paradigm. Stupid $*@%$^&! Feds!

    February 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Just look at the creativity! I bet if anybody invents a transporter (like Star Trek) It'll be Columbia!

      February 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jb

    reminds me of a hallucination i had

    February 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kilmoturtles

    Geesh! I wonder how much coke they had to snort to have the energy to build that thing. That is definitely a coke induced submarine build, right there

    February 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jo

    The picture cracks me up. How the heck do you get it out of that stream? How did it get in there? Did they build it there? I'd like to see them get it around corners.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro

      It's near the ocean. When the tide comes in, the water rises and the sub becomes submerged. When the tide goes out, it's stuck in mud.

      February 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rivirivi

    Now start renting it to people for rides and make honest monies out of it.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Please wait while we add new art

    Was the submarine full of seamen?

    February 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I chuckled at my desk

      February 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. heyman

    why do US Subs cost 1.5 billion a piece?
    lets just build a few hundred of these and save a bundle.

    February 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      because these don't have rockets connected to them

      February 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • glj

      A little something called nuclear power plant. Also they do not have to pay the Union wages that the US gov has to pay. Also don't forget the safety tests, etc required. Bet these guys did not run safety tests - 'put the sub in the water and see if it floats.'

      February 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously bored

      I wanna see Rebecca with her clothes off!!!

      February 19, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
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