Wiki Wormhole: Drug lords have been moving their wares undetected, underwater

With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching all the countries you’ve been threatening to move to if the election doesn’t go your way. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,278,996-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Narco-submarines

What it’s about: As it turns out, people really, really, really like drugs. The trade for cocaine is profitable enough that its sellers will go to incredible lengths to bring the white powder to market without being caught by the long arm of the law. One such length is the narco-sub, a submarine designed to smuggle drugs underwater—usually from Colombia to Mexico—away from prying eyes.

A sub seized by Ecuadorian authorities. The camouflage paint is to make the sub more difficult to spot …

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