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. Trevv

    @theguy STFU

    February 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • theguy

      Nah, I think I prefer staying around if only for the purpose of being an irritant specifically to you. I realize literacy is HUGE stretch for you (making your political views.. umm.. less than informed or well conceived- but look, I cannot in good faith deny anyone their God Given right to be a complete idiot in public, or private for that matter). Let me guess, how's Westborough Baptist's sermon this week– or is this more a "I hate me some people that use words and sentences." kind of thing?

      February 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    It was probably made by Russians. A lot of them were laid off when the Russian Navy downsized.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    War on drugs: Worst public policy since slavery.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. old dude

    Actually, there's plenty of pot being grown in and smuggled from Canada. Good pot, at that. Canadians used to illegally work here, when we had jobs...

    February 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. heston 2012

    Prohibition doesn’t work never has never will !!!
    We as a nation have spent billions on (The War on Drugs)
    And we lost!! But we already knew this. Legalize it tax it set up legislation
    that restricts users from certain occupations. And move on as long as there is a
    Profit it will be available. and the cost in money and lives will be

    February 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. old dude

    Just concerned, try using your brain. Iran is much farther away. Unless you intend the crew to resort to cannibalism and drinking urine, you'd need a lot more space for food and fresh water, not to mention fuel. Oh, and we do patrol the oceans and keep a close eye on Iran.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. gman

    Wonder how much they pay to design and build these? I bet a lot more than one would make here in CA with an Aerospace engineering degree.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hector

    What auction will that be sold at ?

    February 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ryan

    This isn't news! Come on guys, these things are all over South and Central America. I'm very disappointed at how surprised some of you are.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The one whol built it.

    Don't worry more to come...

    February 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Quincy

    Pure genius, u gotta give them credit for that

    February 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TheMovieFan

    They should have sabotaged it so it would blow up 2 hours after going under 15 feet.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pliny

    The Hunt For Red Coketober

    February 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marc

    This concept is as old as recorded history. It only has to do with 1 thing; black market goods. As long as there are enough folks willing to pay for whatever is being smuggled, the smugglers WILL find a way to to smuggle it. Doesn't matter who is President or which political party runs things. As usual, the country of origin has an economy in the dumps to help prime the pumps. As a side thought...they only found this 1 sub...I wonder how many they actually built and sank? 2 million is chump change these days to the cocaine boys. I'd bet there are 20 or more on the bottom of the Pacific.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    The only logical step is to give our government billions of dollars to build anti-drug submarine submarines.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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