Miami, Florida, October 26, 2010 – On July 17, 2008, Mexican headlines throughout the country carried an astonishing piece of news: a 39 foot long semi-submersible had been intercepted by the armed forces about 250 miles from Oaxaca in the South East of Mexico. Aboard the vessel the authorities found cargo amounting to five and a half tons of cocaine on its way to the Sinaloa Cartel. This novel approach to drug trafficking, along with its origins and evolution, are explored at length in Narcosubmarinos (Narcosubmarines), a Discovery en Español original production premiering on Sunday, November 7 at 9 PM ET/PT.
Developed in Colombia over 20 years ago, these semi-submersibles have become a key method in the smuggling of narcotics from South America to Mexico and the United States. Their considerable load capacity of up to 10 tons and ability to navigate off coastlines and ports without being detected, has turned these vessels into the latest innovation in the drug trade, making them the successors of light aircraft, freight containers, and speedboats.
Filmed over an eight month period, Narcosubmarinos takes viewers deep into the Colombian jungle, uncovering the secret shipyards where these crafts are built using the most rudimentary materials. Through unedited video and exclusive images of seizures at sea, as well as the testimony of Miguel Angel Montoya, a former drug trafficker, members of the Colombian Armed Forces, and officials of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the documentary details the evolution of these auto propelled submarines, their navigation routes, and the factors make their detection and interdiction a continuous challenge.
Narcosubmarinos is an original production by Discovery en Español under the direction of Michela Giorelli, executive producer and Rafael Rodriguez, supervising producer. The special was filmed in conjunction with Colombian production house Lulo Films, under the direction of Jaime Escallon Buraglia, who also contributed to two recent successes by Discovery en Español: Fuga de las Farc y El Rescate Perfecto.
About Discovery en Español
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