Man Creates Homemade Subs For Drug Peddlers

December 15, 2008

Columbia (ChattahBox) – A man dubbed “Captain Nemo” has been arrested by Columbian officials after it was discovered that he had built at least 20 submarines resembling sea creatures that were being used by drug traffickers to move cocaine into the Central America and Mexico.

The DAS arrested Enrique Portocarrero, a 45 year old shrimp fisherman, for the construction of the fiberglass submarines last month in Buenoventura. After a 3 month investigation they found several of the vessels in his “shipyard”, a location he had created using a seldom visited swamp.

“He had a marvelous criminal vision,” Colombian Navy Capt. Luis German Borrero told reporters after the raid. “He introduced innovations such as a bow that produced very little wake, a conning tower that rises only a foot above the water and a valve system that enables the crew to scuttle the ship in 10 minutes. He is very ingenious.”

However, genius or not Portocarrero is an unknown entity to the police, with only a minor charge on his record for possession of drugs, for which he never did time.  Portocarrero was living well. He had reinvested his $1-million-per- vessel fees into the purchase of five shrimp boats, police said. They reported also finding $200,000 hidden in the spare tire of his car.

He is set to be extradited to the US on drug trafficking, although no official charges have yet been made.


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