The Colombian Navy has seized a 49-foot-long narco sub in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 2.6 tonnes of cocaine worth over 80 million Euros and two lifeless bodies.
Authorities believe the deceased may have died from toxic gas inhalation.
This footage shows the massive haul being unloaded and laid out on the ground following the narco sub’s seizure.
Media in Spain are reporting that the sub was one of three seized by authorities in Colombia and that all three allegedly belonged to FARC dissidents.
The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) was a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla group that operated in Colombia from 1964 to 2017.
The group aimed to overthrow the Colombian government and establish a communist state.
It was involved in drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and other criminal activities to finance its decades-long insurgency.
Spanish media added that each narco sub could carry up to six tonnes of cocaine.
Media in Spain also reported that Colombian troops located and destroyed a cocaine processing centre in a rural area near the northern city of Santa Marta.
They reportedly seized two tonnes of cocaine from the centre.
Colombia’s Ministry of National Defence said in a statement that “the Colombian Military Forces, in the course of maritime control and security operations in the Colombian Pacific, intercepted a semi-submersible approximately 15 metres long, in which 2,643 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride were being transported, destined for distribution in Central America.
“Once the illegal device was located, military personnel found two individuals in poor health conditions on the outside of the vessel. Apparently, there was an accident inside the semi-submersible due to the generation of toxic gases from the fuel. The two men were treated and transported to a nearby vessel, where they were given the necessary medical attention to safeguard their lives.
“During the inspection of the illegal device, which had a large amount of water in it, two bodies without signs of life were found and recovered. The Colombian Navy, after carrying out these procedures, recovered the alkaloid that was being transported inside the semi-submersible.
“Subsequently, the rescued individuals, the bodies, and the drug haul were transported to the municipality of Tumaco, Narino Department, where they were presented to the Technical Investigation Corps of the Attorney General’s Office, which determined that the alkaloid was cocaine hydrochloride.
“With this operational deployment, which had foreign support, more than 87 million dollars entering the financial structures of the narco-trafficking organisations operating in the Colombian Pacific were prevented, and more than six million doses were prevented from circulating in the international illegal market.
“The Colombian Navy will continue to deploy all its capabilities to counteract the scourge of the narco-trafficking structures operating in the Colombian Pacific.”
Semi-submersible narco subs are designed to partially submerge themselves in water to avoid detection by radar and other surveillance equipment.
They are often constructed in remote areas of the Colombian jungle, and their design and construction involve a high degree of secrecy and sophistication.