First Narco sub seized in Europe
On 24th of Novembrer 2019, not far from the port of Aldan, in Galicia, Spanish Guardia Civil seized a narco sub, a marine vessel used by Colombian narcos to ship cocaine from Colombia to South America.
Guardia Civil worked together with british National Crime Agency and Spanish custom agency to capture this 65 foot long vessel loaded with 3.000 kilos of cocaine and to arrest two Ecuadorian nationals, members of the smuggling cocaine ring.
The two crew members of the vessel were arrested after they failed to transfer the cocaine onboard to another vessel.
Narco sub was sunken with its load by the crew and than refloated three days later by law enforcement.
This is the first time that a vessel of this kind has been seized in front of a European coast, considering that they’re normally used by South American drug cartels to ship small cocaine loads in Latin America, due to limited autonomy.
In spite of their name, narco submarines are not entirely submersible, and they’re generally described as self propelled semi submersible (SPSS) or low profile vessel (LPV).
But the narco sub seized in Galizia is about twice as big as a common one.
Main question for law enforcements is trying to retrace the vessel’s route.
According to one theory the vessel could have set out from Brasil, and it probably have had a layover in West Africa, considering the distance from Brasil to Spain is about 3,600 miles.
Another theory says that the vessel could have been put together in West Africa, where it would have departed for Spain.
According to a third theory the narco sub was shipped by a vessel from Brasil and then launched with its cocaine load when the ship get closer to Spain.
Spanish police believe that the cocaine shipment was not entirely destined to the Spanish market, but also for the English one. (cm)
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