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[The Guardian] Colombia's narco-submarines - a photo essay
« on: March 23, 2020, 01:09:52 PM »
Colombia's narco-submarines - a photo essay

For years, they were referred to in hushed tones simply as “Big Foot” – a mythical creature rumored but never seen – but these days, the narco-submarines used by Colombia’s drug cartels have become almost commonplace.

Photographs by Luis Robayo/AFP, written by Florence Panoussian/AFP

With cocaine production at an almost record high in Colombia, authorities on the country’s Pacific coast say crude semi-submersible craft have become a favoured tool to smuggle drugs toward the US, and even to Europe.

Thirty-three submarines were intercepted in 2019, an average of almost three a month, most of them along the Pacific coast. That is a major concern for Hernando Enrique Mattos Dager, the rear admiral in charge of the Colombia’s Poseidon taskforce against drug trafficking

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