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Two narco submarines seized by Ecuadorian authorities and U.S. DEA

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said Saturday a 100-foot (30-meter) submarine built to traffic narcotics was seized in Ecuador.

The diesel-powered sub, stopped in a jungle waterway near the Colombian border by Ecuadorian authorities working in conjunction with the DEA, was thought to be built by drug traffickers to smuggle tons of cocaine thousands of miles. The sub is made with glass fiber and camouflaged with light blue colours.

“The submarine’s nautical range, payload capacity and quantum leap in stealth have raised the stakes for the counter-drug forces and the national security community alike,” said DEA Andean Regional Director Jay Bergman.

One person was also detained at the time of the sub’s seizure.

It was unclear how the sub — fitted with a periscope, conning tower and air-conditioning — would…READ MORE HERE

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