A 100-foot submarine capable of carrying 10 tons of drugs and traveling up to 5,000 miles was captured on its way to Florida with at least $180 million worth of cocaine on it. Authorities arrested the five men on board the self-propelled semi-submersible and confiscated 15,000 pounds of cocaine from the submarine after it sunk in July 2011.
It was the first time such a vessel and its illicit cargo was seized in the Caribbean, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The “narco-subs,” as they’re known, are built in the jungles of Colombia controlled by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The vessels have moved nearly one-third of all cocaine in that area, according to the Coast Guard.