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The U.S. government announced Saturday afternoon that for the first time ever a fully operational submarine used by drug traffickers has been seized in the waters of South America.
The craft, which could move multi-ton loads of coc aine, was seized in a jungle tributary of Ecuador leading to the Pacific Ocean by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Ecuadoran authorities.
The sub is diesel-powered, has a periscope and air conditioning and measures 100 feet long and 9 feet tall.
Originally posted by SUICIDEHK45
I watched a tv show on this topic and it was very interesting. The drug cartels hire submarine engineers from all over the world. They then build these subs in the middle of the rain forest with simple tools and portable generators. The subs are actually very high tech, and are sometimes only used one time. After the crew off loads the product they open valves and sink the ship.
I think it is so crazy that drug trafficing is such a lucrative business that the cartels are willing to "throw away" a million dollar craft after only one use. The cartels are using better and better tecnology all the time and are also becoming more violent. It is very good the U.S. has such dedicated people willing to do whatever it takes to stop the spread of drugs into the country.
[edit on 7/3/2010 by SUICIDEHK45]