These Are the Almost Undetectable Narco Submarines that Transport Cocaine to the United States

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Cocaine cultivation has grown in recent years, reaching a record high of 1379 metric tons, only in Colombia. Drug traffickers have to distribute this material, so they look for new and ingenious ways to circumvent coastal surveillance. The submarine narcos, almost undetectable, have multiplied in the last three years.

Although the police call them narco-submarines, they are really partially submersible boats. They are low profile boats that are partially submerged in the water, leaving just a few inches of cover on the surface, so they are difficult to detect with the naked eye.

In what we have seen in 2018, the Colombian Navy has captured 14 narco-submarines, three times more than last year:

These semi-submersible boats are manufactured in a homemade way. They measure more than 11 meters since their function is to transport as many kilograms of the drug as possible, so the load is distributed over its entire surface. This helps you sink.

These Are the Almost Undetectable Narco Submarines that Transport Cocaine to the United States

Each low profile boat costs approximately one million dollars. Although the drug traffickers lose enough, the risk compensates: each of them can transport up to 61 million dollars in cocaine.

Of the 14 narco-submarines captured in 2018, some were found abandoned. One of them was on fire, and the traffickers had to be rescued by the Colombian Navy itself.

Others were captured with the help of long-range radar and unmanned drones (surveillance drone) ScanEagle.

These narco submarines transport drugs from Colombia to the United States. They usually do it by two different routes: the Central America-Mexico corridor, the most used, and the Caribbean corridor, which is hardly used in 6 or 7% of drug transports, since it is longer and you have to leave to the open sea:

These Are the Almost Undetectable Narco Submarines that Transport Cocaine to the United States

Normally, narco-submarines leave Colombia and make a stop in Mexico or Honduras, to end up in the United States.

Although cocaine already acquires value as soon as it is processed, its price increases as it approaches its destination. For example, a kilo of cocaine costs $ 5,000 in Colombia, but it is sold at $ 15,000 in Mexico or Guatemala and $ 33,000 in the United States and the international market.

 

Source: ComputerHoy