Spanish police officials have uncovered an underwater drug smuggling operation that’s been using unmanned submarines to transport drugs throughout Europe.
An underwater “drone” was captured by Spanish Police, unveiling a new world to law enforcement. The submarine could carry up to 440 pounds of cargo and was equipped with a built-in GPS navigation system.
This advancement in technology allowed drug traffickers to operate the submarine with an internet device, such as a tablet or smartphone. Essentially, they could have been anywhere in the world while still being in control of their drug trade.
After a 14-month-long investigation, Spanish police made a total of 8 arrests in 3 different countries. Among those arrested is a father and son who have aviation experience and are believed to have the knowledge needed to build such vehicles.
Investigators say the operation specialized in building vehicles that could be used on land, air, and sea. They were created with only one purpose in mind, to transport drugs.
In addition to the underwater drone, officials discovered 13 different types of unknown vehicles. One of which was an unmanned trailer with concealed “double bottoms”. The vehicle was capable of holding up to 800kg of cargo.