Police in Colombia confiscated £13.5m worth of cocaine from a narco submarine, a sea vessel built by drug lords to smuggle substances overseas.
The submarine was reportedly fitted with a navigation system that was programmed to deliver the cocaine in Jalisco, Mexico, during the first week of September.
It is thought the 1,055 kilos of cocaine were destined for Jalisco New Generation Cartel, who have been described as a group that “shoots first and asks questions later”.
Authorities managed to seize the cargo and arrest three people onboard the vessel and valued the ship itself at nearly £900,000.
Intelligence accounts state the shipment had been organised by the Grupos Armados Organizados Residuales E-30.
Their intention was to deliver the goods to the Jalisco syndicate in the resort town of Costa Careyes but gang members were stopped in their tracks.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is now on the hunt for Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, leader of the Mexican criminal group.
El Mencho is considered one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords, with the DEA offering a £7.5 million reward for information that leads to his arrest.
Rivalling that of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel, now headed by Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, the organisation smuggles illegal drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl-laced heroin to the United States.
El Chapo is now an inmate at United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado.
He was arrested on 22 February 2014 in a beach resort area in Mazatlán, Sinaloa by the Mexican Navy after more than 13 years on the run.
Earlier this year, Maria Guadalupe Lopez Esquivel was shot dead during a shootout with police.
Nicknamed “La Catrina”, the 21-year-old was suspected of being one of the leaders of the Jalisco gang, having joined back in 2017.