Captured Narco sub
The Colombian Navy forces a handmade submarine, laden with 1.6 tons of cocaine, to make an unscheduled stop in the Pacific port of Tumaco (map) in 2008. Built of fiberglass and powered by ordinary marine diesel engines, most cocaine subs skim the surface of the Pacific undetected by radar as they cruise north from South America, DEA agents told National Geographic for the recent documentary Inside Cocaine Submarines. Once in Central America or Mexico, the cocaine is transported via other means to the drug's ultimate destination, the United States. Costing about a million dollars each to build, most cocaine subs are scuttled after just one successful run. But fully submersible craft, like the one seized in Ecuador on July 2, are clearly designed for repeated use, former DEA official Braun told National Geographic News.