‘Prince of Submarines’ drug smuggler who helped Mexico’s most powerful cartel ship $540 million worth of cocaine into the US is arrested in Colombia
- Oscar ‘Prince of Submarines’ Quintero was captured by Colombian authorities for allegedly sending 12 tons of cocaine to Mexico and the United States
- The 33-year-old was reportedly tied to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and has an extradition request filed by a federal court in Florida
- Quintero oversaw the delivery of $540 million worth of cocaine from the Colombian Pacific coast departments of Nariño and Cauca
Colombian authorities have arrested a drug trafficker known as the ‘Prince of Submarines’ who is wanted by a federal court in Florida for helping one of Mexico‘s most powerful cartels in shipping $540 million worth of cocaine.
Oscar Quintero, 33, used submersibles and speedboats to send shipments of cocaine from the Pacific coast departments of Nariño and Cauca to members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in central America, authorities say.
The deadly cartel then moved the massive shipments into Mexico before they were smuggled across southern United States border.
Authorities claim he had arranged the shipment of 12 tons of the Type A party drug.
During their investigation, Colombian security forces seized seven tons of cocaine worth at least $300 million.
Quintero’s arrest in the Valle del Cauca municipality of Darién was revealed by the Colombian National Police late Thursday night.
Quintero’s extradition has been requested by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Colombian National Police General Jorge Vargas said Quintero drug smuggling ring depended on the aid of organized criminal groups in Colombia, which include left-wing guerrilla groups, to send the cocaine via speedboats and submarines to Central America before it was turned over to handlers of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
An investigation in Colombian drug trafficker known as the Prince of Submarines turned up seven tons of cocaine worth at least $300 million
The Colombian National Police on Thursday night announced the arrest of Oscar ‘Prince of Submarines’ Quintero, who is accused of overseeing cocaine shipments of up to 12 tons for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico. The drugs were sent to Mexico and the United States
His transnational drug smuggling ring depended on the assistance of organized criminal groups in Colombia, including left-wing guerrilla groups.
They used speedboats and submarines to move the drugs into Central America before it was turned over to the cartel.
Colombian National Police director, General Jorge Vargas, said intelligence gathered from underground parties, undercover surveillance and drone flights made Quintero’s capture possible .
The operation also led to the arrest of 12 smugglers of different nationalities. At least four speedboats and several submarines were seized.
Vargas added that Quintero provided financial backing to criminal groups in southern Colombia.
The Colombian National Police said that Quintero deployed submarines as well as speedboats to transport cocaine from Colombia to Central America, where handlers of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel arranged to move the Type A party drug into Mexico and the United States
One of the several submarines that Colombian drug trafficker Oscar ‘Prince of Submarines’ Quintero used to deploy massive shipments of cocaine to Mexico and the United States for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
At least four speedboats and several submarines were seized during the investigation
Quintero, Vargas said, built a low profile persona despite his taste for expensive cars and armed guards at his home.
He is the owner of a $3million business empire that included a shipping company, several farms, hotels, car washes and cargo trucks.
‘Outside of the coordination of the shipment of illicit substances, he was also in charge of the criminal income of the organization, money laundering through companies that provide services to soccer institutions,’ Vargas said.
‘Similarly, through threats and collection offices, he pressured members of the criminal organization to fulfill their criminal purposes.’
Colombian security forces seized a narco submarine in the Pacific Ocean during a recent operation that led to the apprehension of Oscar Quintero, a 33-year-old drug trafficker known as the Prince of Submarines
The Colombian National Police announced Thursday night the arrest of Oscar Quintero, known as the Prince of Submarines. The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has filed an extradition request