By Kurt Campbell
[wwww.inewsguyana.com] – Head of the Customs Anti –Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh has informed that experts from overseas will be carrying out forensic checks on the Self Propelled Semi-Submersible in the Waini River.
Singh said after that exercise, the sub is expected to be removed from the area to a more secure location for further examinations to be carried out.
“Right now it’s still out in the jungle but it has to be removed,” he said.
The CANU Head explained that attempts are being made to determine the designed and its similarity to Submersibles that were found in other countries previously, its shape and capacity all of which will give a better understanding of its maker and intended purposes.
“It will give us a better understandrather than just saying we found a semi-submersible, we can now say if it was capable crossing Atlantic, it range and capacity,” James further explained.
The operation, during which the Sub was found, also discovered a camp consisting of three structures – accommodation, workshop area and generator. The accommodation had the capacity to sleep approximately 12 persons, there was also a kitchen area located within the accommodation.
CANU in a statement noted that the workshop consisted of pulleys, power tools, paint, and several fiber glass materials. Based on the items, it is evident that this area was used to build the Submersible found in the creek.
Local law enforcement as well as foreign anti- narcotics experts strongly believe that the semi- submersible vessel was built by a known Colombian drug cartel with links throughout South America.
The materials used, the design and organisation behind its construction bear the hallmark of the Colombian drug cartel which had been widening its transshipment points for drugs, particularly shipping cocaine into North America.