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Monday, September 13, 2021

Colombian Criminal Group Manufactured Submarines and Smuggled Cocaine for the Sinaloa Cartel

Photo from a separate Coast Guard submarine bust in 2019.

"Narcomappingmx" for Borderland Beat

A press release from the United States Department of Justice on September 13, 2021 has announced the successful prosecution of a criminal organization dedicated to manufacturing submarines and transporting large quantities of narcotics from Colombia into Mexico.

The release reports that six Colombian nationals, members of the Fernando Pineda-Jimenez Transnational Criminal Organization, pled guilty in a US court to drug smuggling charges. 

The organization, headed by Fernando Pineda-Jimenez, built fiberglass ‘narco submarines’ which were loaded with cocaine in Colombia and destined for the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. There, they were delivered to members of the Sinaloa Cartel, a major drug trafficking organization based in Mexico.

Between 2015 and 2017, United States authorities captured three narco submarines in international waters laden with a combined 19,000 kilograms of cocaine. The vessels departed from Colombia and were en route to Mexico. Another submarine linked to Rodrigo Pineda-Torres, one of those who pled guilty, was seized in Colombia before it was loaded with narcotics.

The six named are Fernando Pineda-Jimenez, a/k/a “Padrino”, Luis Ernesto Perez-Quevedo, a/k/a “Acuerpado”, Adrian Luna-Munoz, a/k/a “Vaca”, Yesid Eduardo Torres-Solis, a/k/a “Perro”, Hector Ruiz-Angulo, a/k/a “Maestro”, Rodrigo Pineda-Torres, a/k/a “Gordo”. They were all sentenced to around ten years in prison.

According to an article by El Tiempo after his capture in 2018, Rodrigo Pineda Torres was a respected Cali businessman who sold heavy machinery, while living a double life building submarines for Mexican and Colombian crime groups.

A seventh member of the organization, Jimmy Riascos-Riascos, was sentenced in 2020 on similar charges to 24 years in prison. He was a crewmember and submarine constructor.

This case was handled by the Panama Express Strike Force, a United States interagency task force which includes members of the DEA, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the U.S. Southern Command's Joint Interagency Task Force South.

This task force has successfully prosecuted several similar drug smuggling cases in the Caribbean and Latin America over the past several years.

Sources:, El Tiempo


  1. Animo Sicarios.
    There is a Gente Nueva Tier 1 Operative from Sinaloa code name "El Commandante Jack Sparrow . He was trained by a DevGru Red Squadron Commander in all types of amphibious vehicles with a high concentration in rocket propelled submarines which have been modified by Special Boat Service of the British Special Forces. This Operative has many days of training and studying "The Hunt For Red October " strategy.
    CDS is like the Navy Seals transporting la merca through Sea Air and Land .

    1. Hitting us with a wombo combo of Jack Sparrow and The Hunt for Red October?!

      How anybody says Sicario 006 comments are boring and repetitive... I don't see it.
      There's something fresh and funny in all of them for me.

    2. “Jack Sparrow” ....... “ The hunt for Red October “🤣🤣🤣🤣

    3. You're missing "El Camandante Luffy" from 7 Super Novas.

    4. Pinchi Sacario 006 you promised that you would bring in the British special forces, to fight off the Banditos, from our town of Moreila, Michoacan.
      You remind me of Obrador make promises but never keep them.
      Christmas C. Michoacan.

    5. 7:42 when Obrador is gone, you will feel everybody else's hands up your ass digging for your money

  2. Ja saves Columbia. La polvadera que los ricosamos de. Un rinconon en la escuadra. Ni tu lo sabes. Hoy la noticia. No a pedo si se queren volver communistas. No a pedo. Nomas que sepan que se isieron de la democracia capotolista. A quen les dan mas riquesa.


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