|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|
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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