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Colombia Police bust drug traffickers using electrical submarines to smuggle tons of cocaine

July 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Colombia Police bust drug traffickers using electrical submarines to smuggle tons of cocaine

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Military forces in Colombia recovered an electric submarine that was being equipped to smuggle over four tons of cocaine by drug kingpins in the country.

Smugglers constructed the submarine with naval steel and produced it to run on batteries. This permits smugglers to move while immersed.

Police called it a first of its kind. Over 100 batteries had been built into the submarine, which permits the crew to remain submerged for the whole trip, Infobae reported.

ELN forces pictured above

Colombian officials made the bust in a region where the San Juan and the Baudo rivers meet.

The submarine was designed to hold over four tons of cocaine for cartel cells linked to the ELN guerrilla. After the capture, ELN forces attempted to use force to keep the military from removing the submarine from the river.

Officials estimated the cost of the submarine to be $1.5 million. It took between five and six months to construct. Smugglers created the submarine with four fins, radar, and a navigation camera. The use of the batteries does not generate exhaust gases making it tough for authorities to detect.

The use of submarines by drug dealers is a long standing practice to transport cocaine shipments from their labs in the jungle to countries north and eventually to Mexico or the U.S.

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