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. JeramieH

    > outfitted with a GPS navigation system

    Makes it sound so serious. Probably an $80 TomTom from BestBuy.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • kris

      I would definitely depend on an $80 GPS to navigate 10 tons..... millions of dollars worth of Cocaine to market .

      September 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Right On Target"

    What a convoluted group. Using quotes from former presidents, dictators, users, pushers, even the bible and primitive tribes. With one thing in mind. Snort, pop, shoot. GET SOME PROFESSIONAL HELP!!!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Mad that people like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln would back the legalization of marijuana? Keep listening to the "voices of reason" (Big pharma the cotton timber and petroleum industries)

      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 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Francis

      Yeah, stupid libs. Obviously, everyone who supports ending prohibition is a liberal and a druggie. I'm a conservative because I believe in things like "limited government," "individual liberty," respect for the 10th Amendment, and ending hugely expensive government programs with a track record of failure. Frankly, I just don't see how those beliefs could ever be compatible with opposition to the war on drugs. The whole idea is crazy. Are some people really suggesting that we SHOULDN'T lock people in cages for what they decide to put into their own bodies?! How absurd.

      September 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. my420

    We need to end this war on drugs. Sometimes it takes the better man to admit defeat for the sake of others.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      15 billion dollars spent on the war on drugs.......just last year.

      September 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wakeups

    Okay yes, we are totally misdirected on the war on rugs, and YES we should take marijuana out of the equation by legalizing growing and distribution here. Pay Americans to grow what many of us smoke, let the government get their tax cut and it will still be cheaper than shipping it illegally thousands of miles. We take that revenue stream away from the cartels and we don't train dogs to sniff for it anymore (they can usually only respond reliably to one or two substances, i think Heroin and Symtex should be pretty high on the list). Moreover, we can stop incarcerating people for selling it or growing it, we can use our dollars more effectively to combat more serious and deleterious drugs such as Cocaine and Meth and Heroin. Targeting the production of cocaine, as well as the FARC rebels who mastermind that production is extremely difficult and expensive, but a worthy cause. Not only are they a brutal group, but they supply Mexico with the means to fund a shadow civil war. Take away the Cocaine and the Mary-jane simultaneously and they will be hurting quite a bit for mercenary cash. This is still a worthwhile cause.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vdog

    I still say the best weapons to use against america are americans

    September 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Libby

    If we just legalize pot and cocaine, a lot of this will just go away.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Francis:

    *Golf applause*

    September 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Legalize and tax. It's so simple. We have booze and gambling. No more FARC. Just the USA making the $$$.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fineart

    There is so much internal strife in the US; racial hate, unemployment, homelessness, corruption, starvation; it's too much to take on another problem. We have to face it though if this country is going to survive. It's a fact that American's of means are moving to well protected gated communities and in some cases are slowly but quietly moving out of the country altogether. Rats abandoning a sinking ship.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • talus12

      Slowly moving out of the country! Lol. This happens to be the safest country in the world. May not be in the best shape, but everyone wants to come here. Especially if you are rich. You've got it backwards.

      September 29, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. rajadiablos

    Sink the subs, sink the FARC, sink the consumers and sink the stinking business.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • saynotohypocrisy

      Sink cannabis consumers? Why? America's drug alcohol is so much more dangerous it's just ridiculous. Get real, cannabis haters.

      September 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nik

    Is there any real evidence that the subs were property of the FARC? Or are we supposed to swallow everything this article puts on our plates, like good little boys and girls?

    September 29, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jet

    Torpedo the subs. Shell the 'go fast' boats. Wipe out FARC, and Mexican drug cartels.

    Sounds too ideal. The REAL problem is the growing demand. As long as there is demand, there will be supply.
    DEMAND fuels this crisis. DEMAND results in mutilated bodies, decapited heads and mass graves in Mexico.

    Wonder if anyone considers the human costs(lives) when they're buying their next fix?

    September 29, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. ELCAPO

    Proud to be Colombian yeah baby.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. idea

    Jet, I don't think they do, these are people that are all into themselves, just like the athiests.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. LV

    So, why are we not blowing these things up routinely? We never really did have a 'war' on drugs, did we?

    I think we should legalize domestically grown p(t, tax it very heavily, then become a net exporter of drugs of all kinds. For example, it would be legal to create and export heroin, etc - we could dominate the markets worldwide, be wealthy, and give back to the world what they are giving to us via export of drugs here today. Only fair.

    September 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
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