THREE TON COCAINE BUST!

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Rain and gales made it difficult for the scuttled sunken submarine to be brought into port by police.
Rain and gales made it difficult for the scuttled sunken submarine to be brought into port by police.

  • Spanish authorities in $121m submarine drugs ‘sting’

By Andrew Atkinson

A submarine with three tons of cocaine that was being tracked by police is under surveillance after a $121m successful cocaine ‘sting’.

The submarine was intercepted off the North Spanish coast – with three tons of pure cocaine seized by police.

It is believed to be the first narco submarine to cross the Atlantic Ocean with cocaine of $121 million from the 65-foot submarine.

The submarine, intercepted in the north-western region of Galicia, Spain, lead to two Ecuador members of the three-person crew arrested by police – after they scuttled it.

Two Ecuadorean nationals have been arrested, without bail. A man, reportedly Spanish, remains on the run.

The submarine was tracked across the Atlantic – from Colombia to Europe – a journey of 7,690 kilometers/4,778 nautical miles. Spanish authorities deem it the first time a submarine had been found to be used in drug trafficking in the country.

Spanish police tracked the vessel, in co-ordination with International police, who reportedly learned of the submarine’s route after it stopped off the coast of Portugal.

The submarine, valued at approximately $2.7 million, had been monitored since November 15.

The crew abandoned the submarine, which was built in Guyana and Suriname, in the Aldán inlet off the province of Pontevedra.

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