San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Some Coke Brought to You Via an Octupus’ Garden

If you’ve noticed less cocaine making its way north by way of drug mules’ rear ends – and you probably haven’t – it may be because more of the Colombian white gold is traveling by submarine.

In September, a U.S. warship intercepted a 22-meter-long submersible in the Pacific waters off Costa Rica, seizing six tons of cocaine and arresting four Colombians.

Two years ago, the U.S. Coast Guard seized a 14-meter-long sub with three tons of cocaine near Isla del Coco, 365 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific shores.


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