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. truthnman

    A good waty to deploy a dirty bomb on inocent people. Makes one think- huh? It went un-detected 30 feet under water? Say cheese LA- Scary world!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Uh huh. So, they'd have to get radioisotopes and explosives, then bring them to where they'd DO something, other than contaminate a few miles of beach.
      I guess they'll drive that sub into the middle of a city...

      February 15, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      lol why would Colombian drug cartels want to hurt LA.... not a very good business model

      February 15, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Josh

    " sophisticated navigational equipment" = $100 GPS Unit ???

    February 15, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • William Hamilton

      GPS doesn't work underwater. They would need some sort of inertial guidance system.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      William, GPS *CAN* operate if they're snorkeling. They'd put the GPS on the snorkel and the receiver/display inside the hull.

      February 15, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. nepawoods

    Who knows what they'll build next with the massive funding they have available, courtesy of our taxpayer funded "war on drugs".

    February 15, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • theguy

      Kind of impressed myself.. only taken a few weeks to step up the game quite a bit. The Mexican weed catapult was pretty cool... but Colombian cocaine subs trump that. Pakistan will be testing their new MM1, the Morphine Missile One, an ICBM composed completely of Opium soon, mark my words.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • What If

      i want a MM1!

      February 15, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rachel M

    Breaking: Charlie Sheen's address found on a bill of lading inside the sub

    February 15, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      ROFLMAO! I'm betting Charlie would like that one too!

      February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Das boot!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    If drugs were legal and regulated it becomes not a criminal issue, and begins to be what it truly is a health issue.
    When alcohol was legalized, the Government didn't say that the behavior was safe; it didn't tell everyone to give beer to their babies. What the government did was take control of the problem, eliminated gangsters like Al Capone, saved lives lost through violence, saved taxpayer money through police, court and prison costs and MOST of ALL lowered Government corruption.
    Your thinking of the "Just say No" failed drug policy. Well we can not even keep drugs out of prisons, how do you think we would have the ability to do so in an open free society? I'm tired of the waste of taxpayer money that is misdirected in law enforcement that could easily be used to help those who are in self destructive behaviors.
    I will not just blame the drug cartels, but the main reason that everyone overlooks. That is the US stance to continue in this failed drug policy. The criminal gangs are making billions if not trillions of dollars in this illegal business.
    When will the US Government stop doing the same failed policy over and over, continue to escalate this “war on drugs” and begin to look for other solutions? When alcohol was legalized the policy wasn’t changed because the use and or abuse of alcohol were a good thing for personnel behavior. Alcohol was not declared safe it was regulated. The policy and the laws were changed because the criminal gangs, the violence and the corruption were unacceptable damage of the policy of prohibition.
    What makes you so high and mighty to tell anyone how to live their private life? Go ahead and keep pot illegal certainly the criminal drug cartels need to money. You are the reason many innocent lives are lost every year in the cross fire of these drug gangs. YOU are the leading responsible person for the corruption this kind of intolerance leads to.
    Now is the time to legalize marijuana, regulate it, and control it and contain the use above the black market drug cartels. IMHO take the profits away and remove the teeth of these criminals, and save thousands of innocent victims.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Notme

      Had a few hits already this morning? Stay calm, don't drive – eat a few snacks – you'll be OK in about an hour!

      February 15, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • gary

      The real reason this country won't legalize drugs is the CIA would go broke as they finance their ops thru drug runs.

      February 15, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • theguy

      Very eloquently put. Unfortunately, we are dealing far too often with people who CHOOSE to ignore reality, and simply bray "everything's working great" over and over, and somehow, they are able to convince themselves. Only in America can people really be so far removed from the realities of the world that they can even think like this. Despite any political stance, humans seek intoxicants.. and we will do terrible things to obtain (and therefore to supply) them- look around folks, HUMANS LIKE DRUGS.. be they nicotine (former addict myself), Alcohol, Pot, Meth, Cocaine, LSD, etc etc etc etc. Even the ones that are not physically addictive are sought out because they produce a pleasurable experience. What we need to do is come to terms with that fact, and proceed from there. We as a society need to accept that humans seek this stuff out- "Just say no" goes against nature. Horses love rotten apples.. to get drunk. This isn't really a "disease" per se, it's a bit of who we are as humans and animals, and we need to approach it a lot more intelligently than tossing huge numbers of people in prisons, waging wars, and screaming rhetoric. Don't be disheartened, there are actually intelligent folk out here, it's just that idiots tend to scream a lot, and loud.

      February 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Better

    Soon we will find their hidden fighter jets under the dense canopy. They probably should have just invested the money into a teleporter to transport their drugs internationally.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carlos

    This is so gangsta!!!!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • jimmy90210


      February 15, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. Julez

    Alright guys... When we started this trip we had 7000 Kilos of fine Colombian powder, now were down to just shy of 5000!! What gives?!?! And whats with the dead guy on the floor?!?!

    February 15, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • theguy

      The diesels quit, so Juan rolled up a fifty... pushed us from Columbia to L.A. in about half an hour all by himself...

      February 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. major

    this creation is for subway, you do remember these individuals also created the oscar meyer weiner mobile

    February 15, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. billy

    those crazy drug lords, always up to something. go on, take yer sub and get outta here. jeez.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Knot Hi

    Next it will be spaceships. Now we know what the muppets were doing up there.

    February 15, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Willie12345

    Does the sub run on the blood of all those killed by the drug cartels ?

    February 15, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • What If

      nope, it runs on all of the money from the 'war on drugs'. They just shovel it in and burn it.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      no its diesel .... but I bet they could run it on biodiesel... would that make you feel better?

      February 15, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. jorge washinsen

    With all the technical knowledge posted here I feel safer already.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. jorge washinsen

    i think we should make a deal with the drug cartels to pay a use tax and leave them alone.The dope heads here are keeping them in business.could pay off the national debt in a few years say at 10 percent use tax.Open the border,make a special place for them to cross so they won't be held up in traffic.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
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