Traffickers associate to finance and load narco submarines. The bet is profitable: “A kilo of cocaine is worth more than 29,000 euros, in the streets of Madrid, going from 70 to 150 euros per gram”, and there are precedents such as the 33 semi-submersibles that were intercepted in 2019, more than two monthly on average at that time, and it is not known if the figure increases or decreases to the extent that these become practically undetectable, just as the illicit trade suffers an onslaught that lowers the availability of the product and disproportionately increases prices based on the micro-trafficking that it is now a home delivery service courtesy of covid in European cities.
Today the United States Department of Justice announced that its coast guard units, in cooperation with European agencies during maritime surveillance tasks, detected the presence of a large submersible drug trafficker in international waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the enormous financial loss caused by the seizures has led the cartels not only to have non-confrontation pacts but also to improve technology, and possibly even share information about safe navigation routes for the maritime transport of narcotic drugs, situations that are remodeling the operating environment of the authorities and produce findings like today’s, which are not only disturbing but also surprising due to the technological advance that this class of vessels present at the service of the drug trafficking.
After a tedious task of pursuit and capture, where on several occasions they were about to lose the trail of the submarine narco, the boat, its cargo and crew members were seized, of which it is known that there were 4 without nationalities or identities reported until moment, and a large load of more than 6 tons (6,350 kilos) of cocaine that was destined for the European cartels.
The details of this operation and the details of the captures will soon be announced, just as it is known that the increase in maritime drug trafficking is due to the fact that the traffickers are already adapting to the change in the conditions of the drug market. In the long term, the flow of cocaine will be restored to pre-coronavirus levels, and could even grow according to experts in the field.