Posted on November 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Spanish authorities have discovered what is thought to be the first-ever narco-sub to try and cross the Atlantic, seizing over a £100m worth of cocaine in the process.
On Tuesday the 26th of November, the Spanish authorities, in coordination with law enforcement elements from Portugal and the UK, interdicted a sub as it was approaching the port of Aldan, Galicia.
However, the vessel sank during the operation, leading to the arrest of two Ecuadorian nationals that had been aboard the craft, as they tried to leave the sub and swim ashore. A third person, reported to be Spanish, managed to evade capture and escape the authorities.
Spanish authorities then proceeded to refloat the sub, and tow it into the port of Aldan. It is believed that the sub originated from Colombia and crossed almost 5,000 nautical miles during its journey. All in all, the law enforcement authorities managed to seize over 3,000kg of Cocaine, divided into 152 bales.
"The submarine had travelled about 7,690 kilometres or 4,778 nautical miles. It stopped off in Cape Verde, then headed on to Portugal. It was about 40 miles off the coast of Portugal and then headed north towards Spain,” revealed a Portuguese police source during a statement to Al Jazeera.
The submarine itself is believed to have cost more than £2 million, leading many to believe that the cartel behind the operation must have significant resources behind it.