Colombia seizes Mexico-bound sub with $18 million worth of cocaine

Submarine loaded with $18 million worth of cocaine purchased by Jalisco New Generation Cartel is intercepted by Colombian authorities

  • Colombian National Police confiscated $18 million worth of cocaine off a submarine 52 miles off the Pacific coast city of Tumaco on Sunday
  • Authorities arrested three individuals in the vessel, which was headed to Mexico with 1,055 kilos of cocaine
  • The massive shipment was the property of Grupos Armados Organizados Residuales E-30 [Residual Organized Armed Groups]
  • The criminal organization, which is linked to the Gulf Clan, was shipping the cocaine to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
  • The organization is considered Mexico’s fastest-growing cartel with a presence in 24 of the country’s 32 states 

Colombian authorities intercepted a narco-submarine transporting $18 million worth of cocaine for Mexico’s fastest-growing cartel.

The massive drug bust was made 52 miles off the Pacific coast city of Tumaco on Sunday and netted the arrest of three individuals who were manning the submarine.

According to the National Defense Ministry, the submarine is valued at $1.2 million and has sufficient space to transport up to three tons of cocaine. 

The vessel was also equipped with a special satellite navigation system that programmed its arrival in Jalisco, Mexico, in the first week of September.

The Colombian National Police and Armed Forces intercepted a ship Sunday off the coast of the port of the city of Tumaco and seized $18million worth of cocaine that had been purchased by Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel

Colombia’s National Defense Ministry said the narco submarine was expected to arrive in Mexico in the first week of September

Colombian authorities said the submarine was carrying 1,055 kilos but was actually equipped to carry triple the amount

Intelligence reports revealed the shipment had been arranged by the Grupos Armados Organizados Residuales E-30 [Residual Organized Armed Groups], considered one of the most dangerous criminal syndicates in Colombia with links to murders and kidnappings in the provinces of Nariño and Cauca. 

The group had entered an agreement to sell 1,055 kilos of cocaine to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico, and drop off the delivery in Costa Careyes, an exclusive resort town off the Pacific Ocean.

Colombian anti-drug police inspect a submarine that they say was loaded with cocaine bound for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel

A Colombian law enforcement agent tests the purity of the cocaine shipment that was seized Sunday

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel’s influence rivals that of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán old Sinaloa Cartel, which is now operated by his sons, the organization’s co-founder Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada, and Rafael Caro Quintero.

The Jalisco network is led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera, for whom the Drug Enforcement Agency is offering a $10million reward for information leading to his capture.

His cartel has a presence in 24 of 32 states in Mexico and has shipped cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl-laced heroin to the United States.

The Colombian narco submarine seizure comes nine months after Spanish authorities intercepted a vessel with $121million worth of cocaine following a week-long, 4,800-mile voyage. 

Pictured above are two of the three individuals who were busted by Colombian authorities transporting $18 million worth of cocaine in a submarine 

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