South America: Drug Submarines Pose New Challenge

South American drug traffickers are using submarines being built in the jungle to transport narcotics. (Google Images)

Caribbean 360 is reporting that law enforcement officials fighting the war against illegal drugs are facing a new challenge.  Narcotics organizations are bankrolling machine shops operating under the dense cover of South American jungles to build increasingly high-tech diesel-powered submarines. These diesel-powered machines are fully submersible and can transport tons of narcotics to various locations from South America to the United States, like Ecuador to Los Angeles. In addition to the fully submersible submarines, older, partially submersible submarines are also being used to take the place of surface waterboats that could transport only one ton of narcotics at a time.

American officials have discovered three new models of fully submersible submarines and worry that they may be used to not only transport narcotics, but also terrorists and weapons, although use of this type has not been reported by officials. These fully submersible submarines are being built by independent contractors.

Read more at Caribbean 360.

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