Suspected drug smugglers used cocaine haul to stay afloat after boat sunk

Ns News Online Desk:Ns News Online Desk:Three blundering drug smugglers were found floating on 1.2 tons of cocaine after their boat sunk off the coast of Colombia on Sunday — with navy officers throwing the men life preservers before slapping them with drug-trafficking charges. The trio was spotted adrift in the Pacific Ocean, some 30 miles off the coast of Tumaco, desperately clinging to the packages of cocaine as flotation devices, according to the Colombian Navy.

Footage of the rescue shows the three men surrounded by dozens of black bricks, which authorities later confirmed tested positive for 1,265 kilograms of cocaine hydro chloride. The trio had been stranded at sea for at least three hours when they were spotted by the Tumaco Coast Guard Unit who were patrolling the area. Colombian prosecutors charged the men with drug trafficking and manufacturing narcotics.

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