Cost to Build a Drug Smuggling Submarine

Drug smugglers are building submarines to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico. The cocaine is then smuggled into the United States.

A typical submarine costs about $1 Million to build and can carry up to 4 metric tons of cocaine. In addition to the cost of building the sub, traffickers pay the crew manning the sub up to $25,000.

With a kilogram of cocaine selling on average for $90,000 in the United States, the amount of cocaine shipped in a 4 ton submarine can be valued for up to $360 Million (90,000 times 4,000).

(More prices of cocaine worldwide.)

Source: Dane Schiller, “Sinking to new lows,” Houston Chronicle, June 26, 2010.