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03/29/2011 02:29 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2011

Colombia's Cocaine Submarines Take The Lead In Drug War

In recent years, the boat of choice for Colombian cocaine smugglers has been the semisubmersible, a vessel that cruises just below the ocean's surface with only its air and exhaust pipes sticking out of the water. Since the semisubs have proved so successful at dodging interdiction, it seemed inevitable that traffickers - who in the past have commandeered entire passenger jets to move their product - would upgrade to even more elusive full-fledged submarines. But narco U-boats were a murky legend of the depths, the drug-cartel version of the Loch Ness monster.

Not anymore.

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