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. Mick Fridley

    I was gonna take 8 tons of blow and go undersea to Mexico
    But then I got high, then I got high, then I got high

    February 15, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. hjs3

    It's all Gilligan's fault......
    Look for him..
    He's around there somewhere...

    February 15, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. GsySgt Hartman


    February 15, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgt Slaughter

      what an intelligent response from our fine military personnel....

      February 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • MGuiney

      @Sgt. Slaughter...thats pretty rich coming from a guy whose very name glorifies needless violence...hypocritical much?

      February 15, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. bumcheek7

    John Walsh had one on his show once and I just happened upon it flipping through channels. You would think that with all of their drug profits they would go down to Argentina and get an old Nazi sub or a black market Soviet one, instead of some man-made ghetto hoopty sub !!!

    February 15, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • AlphaMale

      Maybe they have. That's why we found this one.

      February 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jimi

    Dont really have to worry about the crew staying awake!

    February 15, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kinmon Furuya

    Narcos are strange animals. They make execution videos on the internet, dig complex tunnels underneath national borders, have the latest technology, and make cute little narco subs.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Off track

    Don't believe what you see in the movies about the navy's under water capabilities. These (sub's) would sound about the same as a fishing boat on the surface to one of our sub's. You would need to have eye's on them to know the difference. That's the problem for our navy...
    Since all of our harbors have no under water detection abilities, someone could park this next to or under a dock in NYC with a 7 ton bomb. Would make 9/11 and pearl harbor look like a joke.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • tuffyturf

      No it wouldn't a 14,000 pound bomb going off underwater would do nothing more that kick up a bunch of spray...the water would absorb all of the bomb's energy...

      February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Off track

      True. But next to or under a ship or sitting on top of a sub way line.

      February 15, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shaun

    Brings a whole new meaning to 5 dollar footlong.

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


      February 15, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Februany

      It does? Really? How? Ohhhh yeah, you must mean because it's 100 feet long and costs $2 million. Nice try though.

      February 15, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ecoherbalism

    I like the the news reporters say (made to try to get their illicit cargo past law enforcement.) like it wasn't successful. It was probably abandoned and they probably have a newer faster sub.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kevin

    Typical CNN...This was actually "found" last July. Total hoax. It actually was no where near the 30meter length claimed (in reality, it was only about 45 ft long)...other (non-official) pictures show that the hull just ends right behind the conning tower (looks like it was cut by a knife, actually...rather freaky!). In reality it was just a old washed ashore storage tank that had a chickenwire and cement conning tower added and was used by some german expats as a prop in a indie film. (trying to track down info on the film, but google translater is being problematic)
    But then, I guess that the *appearance* of winning the drug war is alot more important than actually doing it.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Um Kev, without proof, I don't believe you...

      February 15, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You've got to love how many young people in America today seem to have "cynicism" confused with "solution." Keep treating The Daily Show like your nightly news, kids...it's really really working well for America.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgt Slaughter


      February 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      no, kevin is right. I saw this exact article on CNN twice before actually. People will stoop pretty low these days in journalism; although there have always been those types of people around. but yea, it seems the need to have a good turn out in the drug war has caused a falsification in news. CNN lies. i wonder if my comment will get deleted too? conspiracy?

      February 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KinNYC

    The state of Colorado balanced their budget deficit with money from their medical marijuana tax. Saw a program about it. VERY HEAVILY REGULATED from growers to sellers to the docs. The goverment needs to hide under the facade of "medical" use so the GOP will agree. Now almost everyone I know has some kind of ache or pain that can be "eased" with a few hits so I imagine the medical requirement will go away in a couple of years. But its working for those with pain and the pain in the budget.

    February 15, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. jchem

    This looks like a re-run of a story from several months ago. What is up? No new news?

    February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. very hoty, butty like to swim

    Neg.., Neg.., Negative.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    That's AWESOME! Just the mechanical engineering to make something like that in the backwaters of Colombia is impressive. By the way – I've been to Bogota Colombia twice in the last 12 months and it is a wonderful place to visit.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. MXD

    If drug smugglers can build that then what's to stop a country from building a small sub, loading a nuclear weapon on it, sailing it undetected up the Hudson and detonating it next to midtown Manhattan??

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