Colombia Intercepts Another Cocaine Submersible

This shipment of narcotics is the largest seized by the Colombian Navy at sea in the last two years.

Offensive operations carried out by Units of the Colombian Navy against drug trafficking on the Nariño coast, allowed the interdiction of a semi-submersible when it was sailing in Colombian waters, manned by four individuals who were transporting four tons of cocaine. With this blow, the largest dealt by the Pacific Naval Force in the last two years, the trafficking and consumption of 10 million doses of the narcotic in countries of the region and the income of nearly 150 million dollars to the finances of the Farc dissident group “Bloque Occidental Alfonso Cano”.

With information from Naval Intelligence, Units of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station and a Naval Aviation Maritime Patrol plane, they deployed the interdiction operation 68 nautical miles from Tumaco, where the semi-submersible naval device was intercepted, manned by four subjects between those who were a foreigner, who were moving towards the coasts of Central America.

At the time of inspecting the 15-meter-long naval device, 200 sacks with 4,000 rectangular packages were found, apparently with illicit substances, for which they were transferred to the pier of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, where members of the Technical Corps of Investigation of the Attorney General’s Office, they carried out the approved preliminary identification test that showed positive for cocaine hydrochloride.

With the interdiction of the naval device and the seizure of the drug shipment, it is possible to decisively affect the finances of the dissident armed group of the Farc “Bloque Occidental Alfonso Cano” that commits crimes under the criminal command of alias “Allende”, on the coast Pacific Nariño, reducing its logistical capacity to finance illegal mining activities and terrorist actions against the Public Force and the civilian population, with which they seek to generate anxiety, displacement and destabilize the territories.

The four subjects were captured and placed at the disposal of the Prosecutor’s Office, where in concentrated hearings with the Judge for the Control of Guarantees and the Prosecutor of the Specialized Directorate against Drug Trafficking, they were charged with the crimes of: drug trafficking, manufacturing or possession; and use, construction, marketing and possession of semi-submersibles or submersibles.

Likewise, the Prosecutor’s Office established that an arrest warrant weighs against the foreigner for extradition purposes, in response to a request from a United States district court that requires it for different charges related to drug trafficking.

This type of semi-submersible with diesel engines, valued at half a million dollars, has characteristics similar to the so-called “Son of the Devil”, seized by the Pacific Naval Force Units, in February 2019, in Timbiquí – Cauca. Also, they have the capacity to transport up to five tons of drugs, which is why they are commonly used by drug trafficking organizations to send larger amounts of illicit drugs to Mexican cartels.

It should be noted that, in the month of September 2019, another semi-submersible type device was intercepted when it was sailing in the waters of the Colombian Pacific, in which three subjects were transporting eight tons of cocaine hydrochloride. The operation was carried out by the Colombian Navy, with the Colombian Air Force and United States authorities.

The Colombian Navy will continue deploying all its operational capabilities to counteract the criminal actions of the FARC dissidents that commit crimes in the South Pacific region of Nariño, ratifying its commitment to the protection of the national territory and the well-being of all Colombians, at the same time that invites the entire community to submit information to prevent the illegal use of waters under its jurisdiction, through lines 146 and 147 available 24 hours a day.

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