Two new narco subs found in Colombia
This narco sub, which authorities said could carry up to 10 tons of cocaine, was found Friday.
September 27th, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Two new narco subs found in Colombia

Authorities in Colombia have confiscated two narco subs, submersibles designed to smuggle cocaine, since Friday, according to news reports.

A vessel found on the country's Pacific coast on Friday could carry up to 10 tons of cocaine and was outfitted with a GPS navigation system, according to a report from Insightcrime.org.

On Monday, authorities said they found a smaller but more sophisticated submarine hidden in a wooden shack in dense coastal jungle north of where the first sub was found Friday, according to a report from the BBC.

The second sub, named The Black Pearl, was made of steel and fiberglass and could carry four tons of cocaine, the BBC report said. It could stay submerged for 10 days with a crew of five and had radar, navigation and communication systems that made it worth $2 million, the report said.

Both vessels were built under the orders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group, which finances its operations with cocaine sales, according to the reports.

In February, Colombian authorities captures a 100-foot-long narco sub capable of traveling to Mexico at depths of up to 30 feet.

Read more about Colombia's narco subs.

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  1. palal2011

    We could put an end to this nonsensical "War on Drugs" by legalizing & controlling the sales, with the Govt.getting the tax benefits rather than the underworld, who would have to find another way to get rich.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      Really?
      And who will pay for the damage caused by the addicts?
      Or will drug addiction disappear with legalization?
      After all we have no drunk drivers or alcoholics since we stopped prohibition.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • cja

      "And who will pay for the damage done by the addicts?" Exactly the same people who pay now. That will not change.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Ah, you people are idiots. When has legalizing a dangerous activity ever made things better for society. Name one example, one.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Brad, talk about idiotic people. How about prohibition of alcohol in the United States during the 20's? Teen drug use in America is at 46 percent. Teen drug use in Amsterdam is under 20 percent. Explain that to me , idiot.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jspelling

      I love all these people who think that legalizing drugs is the solution to the drug problem. Do you really think that the drug cartels would just decide to pay taxes to the US Govt b/c all of a sudden drugs were legal? Or would the cartels continue to smuggle the drugs in just like they have been doing for the last 75 years? And would drug users prefer to purchase the more expensive drugs (more expensive b/c they had been taxed) or would they want to buy the cheaper "duty-free" drugs? Duh.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Ok, alcohol. When the alcohol prohibition was repealed alcohol usage actually went DOWN. And all of the alcohol criminal gangsters dried up. There were no more gangster turf wars in the streets.

      And how about another.

      Ten years ago Portugal decriminalized drugs. And guess what happened? Drug use went DOWN.

      Drug violence disappeared.

      And hard-drug addictions get treated through the medical and mental health systems.

      And NO MONEY goes to drug lords or massive government bureaucracies !!

      And Portugal taxpayers are saving a bundle.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Jspelling, I love all the idiots who know nothing about the subject that come in and ramble on and on.

      If you owned a company that sold toys and i took away the toy that made over 60% of your profits (DEA FACT) You would have a hard time keeping your company afloat and if you did. Do you think the company would be as powerful as it was before?

      Second, marijuana that comes from Mexico is not sensimilla (no seeds) its brick trash weed that smuggled in tires of cars. Basically, its crap. If our government grew what was grown in California no one would want whats coming from Mexico. Its legal in 13 states, look at Colorado and California, there are stores all over the place. I'm guessing they'd rather have that taxed weed then the "duty free" stuff.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Thank you bsitz and us1776. Atleast someone on this board has brains

      September 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Doh!

    Say hhhellow to my lil friend....

    September 27, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    You can't friggin legalize cocaine you maniac. I can see marijuana being legalized, but Colombians don't deal in marijuana.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Colombians do deal marijuana. They also deal with heorin and opium. Yes, cocaine is their number one product but they do dip their hands in other ventures. Now look at Portugal and their reform on drugs. Usage has gone down in all age groups and by taxing and controlling substances they have been able to generate profit while reducing crime, not to bad huh. Also look at the Netherland and their drug policy. They tolerate cannabis which lowered the crime rate and created jobs and income for the country, this also created tourism. Now i know cannabis isn't the same as harder drugs but look how they deal with heroin. They treat the people addicted to it instead of throwing them in jail. This has lead to a significant drop in addits throughout the country. We will always have addicts to drugs, no matter what type of drug it is.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. f

    If you allow marijuana to be legalized, then the politicians will be so stoned they will sign a bill to legalize all drugs. America will become "North Mexico" in a year. You drug addicts have got to get help. Get the needle out of your arm.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Yeah, stop injecting your marijuana.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • O

      I totally agree !
      Legalize one thing then next comes the flood of drug slaves/addicts then the downfall of the USA and then the rest of the world's in the toilet.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      One just needs to look at Amsterdam or Portugal. Total drug use dropped when they legalized the "soft drugs". Teen use either stayed the same or dropped.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. PACO

    cool beans

    September 27, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow.

    My mother Sarah and I like to smoke horse droppings.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Roca

      no–moose droppings!

      September 27, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. zookeeper

    a never ending story, this fight between America and the drug barons who are only to happy to supply the greatest demand ever...........DRUGS

    September 27, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. outofthebox

    Mmm,drugs are bad mmmmK

    September 27, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. dizzy

    And to all those who think marijuana is harmless....my father died a year ago from respritory failure from smoking moldy weed. I am the one who introduced him to the dealer that sold it. I cannot express the guilt I feel for helping my 60 year old father purchase some "harmless" marijuana. Drugs hurt everyone on every level of society.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Thats like saying we should outlaw hamburger meat because some of it has mad cow disease. BTW it's pretty easy to tell if weed is moldy by look and taste. And I would love to see the autopsy that said he died from it. Because im pretty sure you can not.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Then your father died of mold spores – not marijuana !!

      .

      September 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      cannabis in every state that it is sold has to be inspected. if it was moldy the whole crop is thrown out. and he didn't die from smoking he died from mold spores. i'm sorry for your loss but you can't say that cannabis killed him.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      sorry i also forgot to include that smoking cannabis is harmful, that is true. but it also opens up your air passage when smoked or inhaled. eating it and inhaling vapor are the best ways to consume it.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

    What. Are we a nation "hooked"? All of these promoters, in this country, on here. You can't stop it. They should legalize this, legalize that, so they can get rid of this, get rid of that. I for one, never have not feel sorry, do not fell sorry, or ever will feel sorry, for these creeps.
    They know the drug laws, and pretty well for that matter. They know what happens, if thier caught. They know what penalties await them, and all the saving graces of thier plea bargaining. They have a world of people to help them curb their addictions, but continue to be gluttons for punishment, by smoking, popping, and shooting up.
    Then CNN comes along with this. Sink 'em. Voyage to the bottom of the sea. Sink 'em all. Love Jeff 😉

    September 27, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Learn the difference between their they're and there and how to spell them. What's freedom mean to you Jeff? I should be able to smoke in my own house (not bothering or harming anyone) as much as I want.

      "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
      Abraham Lincoln

      " A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
      -Abraham Lincoln

      "If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”
      -Thomas Jefferson-

      September 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Lunatic Fringe"

      @ bsitz Yes, I make mistakes, just like everyone does. You need professional help pal.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      I mean, you spelled it wrong throughout your entire post....

      You come on here speaking to everyone like "they're" beneath you. "You feel sorry for us". I feel sorry for the people that were dooped by Henry Anslinger's smear campaign on marijuana. You are a puppet and you don't even know it. Ask yourself why industrial hemp is illegal to grow in the United States. It cant get you high and its the strongest fiber known to man. We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not grow it. (Want to know why) Because it would cripple the cotton and timber industry, it would put a dent in the petroleum industry. I can go on forever on the many reasons why it should be legal,not even touching on the economic boost it can give us as a nation. While you sit there and point your finger at everyone else with no facts backing you. Get off your high horse.....you are the one that needs help.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. themoops

    oh won't you take me on a booger sugar pleasure cruise

    September 27, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      ITS THE MOORS!!!!

      September 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. unretired05

    I'm sure the TEA Party will legalize drugs. They don't want to stifle entrepreneurship with all the government regulations and heaven forbid they would put a burdensome tax on it. After all aren't we all free?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow: When I get the Pearl back, I'm gonna teach it to the whole crew, and we'll sing it all the time.

    Elizabeth: And you'll be positively the most fearsome pirates in the Spanish Main.

    Jack Sparrow: Not just the Spanish Main, love. The entire ocean. The entire wo'ld. Wherever we want to go, we'll go. That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. viranka

    @dizzy and how long has your father been smoking tobacco before before weed? it's obvious your medical knowledge is in the toilet.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gimble

    The sad part of this story is that so many Americans have no respect for their own brains. Drugs fry the ability to think, to focus, too analyze information. The weaker ones in our society are unable to face the day, so they escape in a haze of mind distorting smoke or a jab of liquid crap into their veins.
    We should concentrate on improving the minds of those lost souls, help them see their lives as worthy of existance and remove the desire to escape.
    If they cannot see themselves having a role in our day to day culture, them we should open windows above the seventh floor of all buildings. Go quickly, the fall will not kill them, only the sudden stop.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Are you really that naive? Cannabis has been used by humans for over 10,000 years. We have receptors in our brain called endo cannaboid receptors. Now please explain to me why we have those in our brains if all marijuana does is rot your brain......ill wait.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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