HomeNewsBriefPeru Finds 'Narco-Torpedo' on Boat
BRIEF

Peru Finds 'Narco-Torpedo' on Boat

PERU / 24 JUN 2011 BY MARTHA MAGUIRE EN

Peru's police found 113 kilos of cocaine hidden inside a fake torpedo attached to the bottom of a boat in a Lima port.

Divers from the Anti-Drugs Squad (Dirandro) discovered the load 20 meters below the surface in the port of Callao.

Interior Minister Miguel Hidalgo said that the device was “an ingenious method, almost unheard of, in drug trafficking." The compartment which contained the drugs was concealed with cement, and a large clamp attached it to the hull of the boat, making it virtually undetectable in routine searches.

The object was made to look like a torpedo, about 2.5 meters long and 50 cms in diameter. (See video below.)

According to reports the boat was going to go to Europe. Three Peruvian men were arrested on drug trafficking charges in connection with the seizure.

The narco-torpedo joins the narco-submarine as one of the latest innovations in maritime drug trafficking.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

PERU / 4 MAR 2013

The European Union (EU) has announced an aid package worth $41 million to help Peru fight drug trafficking, underlining…

BOLIVIA / 20 DEC 2012

Bolivia's anti-narcotics agency announced it has seized ten planes and destroyed 10 clandestine landing strips so far this year, indication…

GOLD / 13 FEB 2020

Satellite images show that while military operations against illegal mining in Peru's Madre de Dios region might be paying off,…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Apure Investigation Makes Headlines

22 OCT 2021

InSight Crime’s investigation into the battle for the Venezuelan border state of Apure resonated in both Colombian and Venezuelan media. A dozen outlets picked up the report, including Venezuela’s…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Tackles Illegal Fishing

15 OCT 2021

In October, InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) began a year-long project on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing in…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Featured in Handbook for Reporting on Organized Crime

8 OCT 2021

In late September, the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an excerpt of its forthcoming guide on reporting organized crime in Indonesia.

THE ORGANIZATION

Probing Organized Crime in Haiti

1 OCT 2021

InSight Crime has made it a priority to investigate organized crime in Haiti, where an impotent state is reeling after the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, coupled with an…

THE ORGANIZATION

Emergency First Aid in Hostile Environments

24 SEP 2021

At InSight Crime's annual treat, we ramped up hostile environment and emergency first aid training for our 40-member staff, many of whom conduct on-the-ground investigations in dangerous corners of the region.