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Colombian drug smugglers found to trick to make submarines that are harder to detect

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The Colombian navy found a submarine used to smuggle drugs that uses an electric motor powered by more than 100 batteries instead of a traditional gas engine.

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Smugglers started using submarines to transport drugs in the 1990s. But at the time, gas engines produced smoke and made it easy for the vessels to be identified.

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Smugglers had already found ways to circumvent that problem, but this electric model is the latest and most effective innovation.

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Found in a river before it managed to transport any cargo, the submarine can carry four tonnes of cocaine and four crew members. It must have cost some $1 million.

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The submarine belongs to a drug smuggling group connected to Colombia’s National Liberation Army, the main guerrilla in the country now that the FARC is gone.

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