NewsTip: Drug smugglers turn to submarines

Jeremy McDermott at the Scotsman has written an excellent story on the use of submarines by drug smugglers.

SOUTH American drug seizures at sea are at a record high, with 70 tons of cocaine worth more than £800 million found by the Colombian navy alone last year, prompting drugs cartels to move their shipments deeper under cover, beneath the waves.

During last year, more than ten submarines – or “narcosubs” – were discovered by the Colombian and United States navies, more than were found during the past ten years put together.

“As time passes, the drugs traffickers change the ways they move drugs. Now it is about submarines,” Juan Carlos Molano, a coastguard captain, said.

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