Ecuadorians, DEA seize drug-smuggling submarine

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 4, 2010 04:01

The US Drug Enforcement Administration said it has helped seized a submarine capable of smuggling tons of cocaine on Sunday.

DEA officials said the diesel electric-powered submarine was built in a remote jungle and captured near a river close to the Ecuadorian-Colombian border. Ecuadorian authorities seized the sub before it could make its maiden voyage.

The sophisticated camouflaged vessel has a conning tower, periscope and air-conditioning system. It measured about nine feet (three meters) high from the deck plates to the ceiling and stretched nearly a 100 feet (31 meters) long. The DEA says it was built for trans-oceanic drug trafficking.


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