Colombia arrests leaders of submarine cocaine ring

By REUTERS
August 2, 2011 22:32

 
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BOGOTA - Colombian authorities have captured two leaders of a 20-ton-per-year cocaine operation that sent drug-laden submarines to the world's top drug consumer, the United States, local police said on Tuesday.

Colombia, the world's No. 1 cocaine producer, has been wracked for decades by violence that made large swaths of the Andean nation off limits as drug gangs, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries fought for control of a business measured in billions of dollars.

"As a result of an investigation of more than 6 years, the national police ... captured two of those responsible for sending cocaine to North America using self-propelled, semi-submersible vessels, with (shipments) averaging 20 tons of drugs annually," the police said in a statement.

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