Mexican Navy for the first time has intercepted a cocaine carrying home made submarine. The submarine was caught on July 16 about 322 km off the southern state of Oaxaca.
Some of the interesting features of the operation are:
- First seizure by Mexican Navy with the help of US intelligence.
- Six tonnes of cocaine was found inside the submarine.
- 10 metre long submarine is of fibre glass hull and is having a Global Positioning System (GPS), a compass.
- As free board for the submarine is less, it is difficult for detection by ships Radar.
- The submarine was detected by a helicopter.
- Mexican Navy took two days to tow the submarine to Port of Salina Cruz.
Bravo Zulu to Mexican Navy.
Update: July 20
Some more information about the home made submarines for cocaine smuggling:
- costs about $1 million (£500,000)
- submarines are usually painted to blend in with the colour of the sea water to avoid visual detection
- capable of carrying more than 10 tons of cocaine
- can be operated by remote control from hundreds of miles away.
For more information and photographs read Telegraph.
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