Panamanian-flagged ship seizes Colombian sub believed to be laden with 60 tons of cocaine

A cargo ship has seized a Colombian sub believed to be laden with 60 tons of cocaine. The Liberian-flagged Panamanian-registered steeler KM Libra was “trimming excess steel” in a Nicaraguan port when it found…

Panamanian-flagged ship seizes Colombian sub believed to be laden with 60 tons of cocaine

A cargo ship has seized a Colombian sub believed to be laden with 60 tons of cocaine. The Liberian-flagged Panamanian-registered steeler KM Libra was “trimming excess steel” in a Nicaraguan port when it found a “suspicious mark” on the side of a vessel in its wake on Monday. The engineer on board immediately raised the alarm when he spotted a “significant, exposed and protruding ‘bladeless’ manhole on the submarine’s bow,” the ship’s owner said in a statement released on Tuesday. Officials on the Liberian-flagged steeler have called upon Colombian authorities to investigate the ship and its crew. “This is an unprecedented case of our country being successfully exported by a Colombian vessel,” said Jorge Leonardo Vasquez, the chief of Nicaragua’s Coast Guard.

Cramped and placed in an oddly ordered shipshape shape, the Columbia-bound sub “could not possibly function or be capable of hoisting illegal cargo,” Vasquez said. Officials believe it was sabotaged by Colombians who had spotted its cargo on board and were looking to cash in on its smuggling potential. “It makes no sense to me what have we done wrong,” Vasquez told The Associated Press. As the sub scuttled in the dark waters, the Panamanian Steeler called on Colombian authorities to help.

Cross-channel cargo ships are routinely subject to aerial surveillance by U.S. and Colombian warplanes, but these vessels have also been ordered to the back of Colombian harbors for their proximity to communities and areas heavily infiltrated by drugs cartels. Government officials blame increasingly profitable ports for greatly intensifying drug trafficking along the entire length of Colombia’s 2,400-mile coastline.

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