Colombian Navy Seizes 1.8 Tonnes of Cocaine Worth $60 Million From Semi-Submersible Vessel

The Colombian navy announced on Wednesday that it had seized about 1.8 tonnes of cocaine being carried onboard a semi-submersible vessel in the south Pacific. The operation averted the trafficking and consumption of over 44.5 million doses of cocaine in neighboring countries, worth $60 million and distributed by the FARC’s dissident group “Bloque Occidental Alfonso Cano,” the navy noted. Led by the marines, the seizure was done with intelligence from the Colombian navy.

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“The semi-submersible type naval device was intercepted when subjects tried to remove it through an area of estuary located north of the department of Nariño and who, upon noticing the presence of the authorities, threw themselves into the water, fleeing through an area of estuaries, abandoning in that way a speedboat.”

Admiral Orlando Cubillos Chacon said people who were manning the low-profile boat jumped into the water as soon as they sensed the authorities and fled into a mangrove area, abandoning the semi-submersible loaded with the drugs as well as a speedboat that appeared to be escorting them. 90 sacks were found containing several rectangular packages after the inspection of the 17 meter long vessel, which were then sent to the dock of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, where members of the Technical Investigation Corps of the Prosecutor’s Office operated the approved preliminary identification test with a positive result for cocaine.

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Last month, the Colombian Navy intercepted over 200 million dollars worth in merchandise belonging to the FARC dissident group “Bloque Occidental Alfonso Cano,” with the seizure of more than 5.8 tons of narcotics, three semi-submersible naval devices and three speedboats, and the destruction of laboratories for the production of cocaine.

This is the sixteenth such semisubmersible captured in the Pacific coast of Columbia in the past six months.

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