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The “narco-submarines”, also called “Big Foot”, are used by the Colombian cartels to transport drugs to the United States and Europe.
COLOMBIA – The “narco-submarines“, also called “Big Foot”, were a legend among the Colombian population. Until recently, after conducting investigations, it was determined that such maritime vehicles are used by cartels to transport drugs to the United States and Europe.
Colombia is one of the most efficient producers of the drug called “cocaine” worldwide. The authorities of the Pacific coast of that country reported that semi-submersible vessels are a means of common use among cartels that transport substances to the US and Europe.
In 2019, about 33 submarines were detained on the Pacific coast. Hernando Enrique Mattos Dager, admiral of the “Poseidón” working group, which is part of the new Colombian force against drug trafficking, mentioned that it is part of the most delicate situations in the country.
Regarding smuggling, he mentioned: “Large amounts of cocaine are transported by sea. It is much easier to move a ton of cocaine by sea than by plane because there are more cargo controls at airports.”
Leader Dager calculated that 80 percent of the country’s illicit drugs are distributed along the Pacific coast and 14 percent through the Caribbean. So far, Colombian authorities have seized 433 tons of cocaine during 2019, which is twice as much as the navy has collected.
However, despite the achievements that have been made by anti-drug groups, there is still a lot of work to be done because drug productivity exceeds the amounts withheld, since its production is more than 1,000 tons.