Submarine Used to Transport Drugs has been Abandoned in Costa Rica

A low-profile underwater narco, about 18 meters long and three Yamaha 75 HP two-stroke engines, was abandoned by cocaine trafficking drug traffickers near Punta Burica in the South Pacific of Costa Rica, very close to Panamanian coasts

The craft was located 2.2 nautical miles (35 kilometers) southwest of the coast of Punta Burica de Golfito, and about 20.4 nautical miles (328 kilometers) southeast of the entrance to Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, after being spotted by a private boat that gave notice to the authorities.

Immediately the patrol boat GC38-19 of the National Service of Guarcacostas (SNG) of Costa Rica, went towards the place, locating the boat, this was announced by the security ministry of this country.

The semi-submersible was flooded, a situation that made towing difficult because it was very heavy. Even so, the Coast Guard officers mobilized her to the main dock of Golfito, inside there was garbage and food waste.

Officials of the Drug Control Police (PCD) of Costa Rica and personnel of the Public Ministry proceeded to carry out an inspection during this Tuesday but no traces of narcotics were found.

This is the fourth boat of this type that is detected in Costa Rica since 2005, where it maintains a capacity to transport up to one ton of cocaine.  During the inspection of the submarine narco, the Costa Rican authorities determined that it had a length of 18 meters with a width of 1.65 meters and a height of 1.30 meters.

The serial numbers of the engines are scratched and cannot be seen, while the fuel was gasoline with mixture and had 5 tanks for fuel. It was determined that the type of material of the vessel is gray fiberglass.

The narco ship also had electronic equipment, 1 Icom radio, 1 manual GPS, 1 compass, supplies on board, Ecuadorian canned tuna, Colombian cookies, Colombian water bottles and energy drinks.

At the end of last February, a Panamanian resident in the community of San Pedro in the district of Bugabá in the province of Chiriquí was apprehended when he was traveling in a double cab vehicle in which he transported 90 rectangular packages of the drug known as cocaine.

abandoned narco submarine

The arrest was made by narcotics units through an intelligence operative in the district of Bugaba, managing to retain the white double cabin car where the illicit substance was located.


Source: Panama America