Bodega shark highlights government’s lack of control over navy – and the capacity to be captured in Colombia
The owners of the Panguik Island fishing village have raised money for a yacht that will be used to patrol the waters around the sub, which they believe was used by the drug cartels in the Andes.
Edgar Vílchez, the tourism director for the small fishing port, said: “We have a tiny fleet. We have only six canoes and two passenger craft, but no sailing vessels. When you realise the narco boats may be responsible for 60% of all drug trafficking around here, you are aware of the need for greater security.”
Colombia’s navy does not patrol the islands and has no facilities there. Patrols of rivers along Colombia’s Pacific coast also depend on the goodwill of private companies, who have also complained that they are unable to do surveillance against drug traffickers.
Most cocaine that reaches the United States is produced in the wild in the Andes. The discoveries of drug-sucking narco submarines in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador prompted US officials to write to Colombians last year saying their fleets would like to join the war on drugs but that they could not because they lacked the money, priority and access to the remote waters.