Photos show Colombian authorities unloading 5,800 pounds of cocaine from a submarine captured in the Pacific
Lauren FriasMar 16, 2023, 03:42 IST
On Sunday, the Colombian navy intercepted a submarine in the South Pacific Ocean carrying thousands of pounds of cocaine and two dead bodies.
In a video posted to the Colombian navy's Twitter, Frigate Captain Cristian Andrés Guzmán said officers "intercepted a low-profile, semi-submersible type vessel carrying more than 2,643 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride."
The shipment, worth more than $87 million in cocaine, aboard the 50-foot-long vessel was headed to Central America for distribution.
Upon investigation of the submarine, Colombian navy officials discovered two dead bodies aboard as well as two men in "poor health" due to toxic fume inhalation from the submarine's fuel.
The two men were taken to another ship in the area to receive medical treatment, according to a statement by the navy.
In the footage posted to Twitter, officers are seen unloading the thousands pounds of cocaine from the vessel.
They carried the bundles of drugs from the submarine to shore, where it was later transported to the port city of Tumaco on the western coast of Colombia.
Officers are also seen conducting various tests on the drugs with equipment at the scene, which was later determined to be cocaine hydrochloride.
The drug bust prevented more than 6 million doses of cocaine from hitting the international market.
Along with the cocaine shipment, the dead bodies and two injured men were also taken to Tumaco, "where they were presented to the Technical Investigation Corps of the Attorney General's Office," according the Colombian navy.