Ukrainian Man Reportedly Caught Crossdressing To Avoid Conscription

“A man in woman’s clothing was detained at the border”

“A resident of the capital pretended to be a woman and tried to cross the border illegally at the Porubne checkpoint,” the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine stated in a recent update to their Facebook page. “The husband took his minor child and provided his wife’s passport for border control. However, the inspector of the border control of the Chernivtsi detachment immediately exposed the plan of the 30-year-old man. The Kyivian’s make-up and wig he wore didn’t help either.”

The man, according to Ukraine’s Border Guard, was attempting to dodge the forced conscription all fighting-age males are obligated to muster for during times of war. The man will be punished under Article 336 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code for “evasion of the call for mobilization.”

11 other men were detained by border guards for attempting to flee from the conflict and will face similar charges.

Trump Condemns Pro-Abortion UN Response Plan

“The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn.”

The Trump administration is demanding that the United Nations remove references to abortion from their COVID-19 response plan and accusing the international body of using the pandemic to justify politically motivated goals.

To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. 

In a letter from John Barsa, the acting Administrator of USAID, the UN was asked to “avoid creating controversy” by removing the reference to “abortion as an essential component of the UN’s priorities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Therefore, the UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an “essential service.” Unfortunately, the Global HRP does just this, by cynically placing the provision of “sexual and reproductive health services” on the same level of importance as food-insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation. Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings.

Barsa continues by pointing out that President Trump has made it a priority to defend the unborn saying, “we will never tire of defending innocent life.”

The perverted inclusion of a life-taking procedure in a plan published by the United Nations is an astounding misstep that can only provoke and antagonize nations that respect the sanctity of life. Not only that, but if the UN were to seek to coerce member states into agreeing to this plan, the sovereignty of all free peoples is put at risk.

The entirety of the message can be read below:

The Honorable
António Guterres
The United Nations Secretary-General
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017

Dear Mr. Secretary-General:

Thank you for your continued efforts to advance the purposes and principles of the United Nations (UN), including the sovereign equality of all its Member States, which the UN Charter established decades ago.

As the largest donor of global health and humanitarian assistance, the United States always has led the world through times of strife, turmoil, and uncertainty. The current pandemic of COVID-19 is no different. Thus far, of the $650.7 million allocated from supplemental funding by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to combat the pandemic globally, we have provided $45.3 million to UN agencies. This is a fraction of USAID’s overall financial support for the UN’s activities, which in Fiscal Year 2019 totaled more than $3.5 billion in funds disbursed.

As the UN and Member States around the world work to address the pandemic of COVID-19, I urge you, your staff, and the UN’s funds, programs, and specialized and technical agencies to stay focused on life-saving interventions. The delivery of essential health care is the first priority around the globe during this time. In addition, severe food shortages could represent a second, deadly impact of the pandemic in many countries. The UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (Global HRP), and its $6.71 billion coordinated appeal, must remain focused on addressing the most urgent, concrete needs that are arising out of the pandemic.

Therefore, the UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an “essential service.” Unfortunately, the Global HRP does just this, by cynically placing the provision of “sexual and reproductive health services” on the same level of importance as food-insecurity, essential health care, malnutrition, shelter, and sanitation. Most egregious is that the Global HRP calls for the widespread distribution of abortion-inducing drugs and abortion supplies, and for the promotion of abortion in local country settings.

Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has made clear that we will “never tire of defending innocent life.” President Trump said in his address to the 74th UN General Assembly that the UN simply has “no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life.” Indeed, the UN should not intimidate or coerce Member States that are committed to the right to life. To use the COVID-19 pandemic as a justification to pressure governments to change their laws is an affront to the autonomy of each society to determine its own national policies on health care. The United States stands with nations that have pledged to protect the unborn.

To achieve global unity toward this goal, it is essential that the UN’s response to the pandemic avoid creating controversy. Therefore, I ask that you remove references to “sexual and reproductive health,” and its derivatives from the Global HRP, and drop the provision of abortion as an essential component of the UN’s priorities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member States are deeply divided over the use of the term “sexual and reproductive health” and its derivatives, and it is among the most polarizing issues raised in UN negotiations. The Global HRP, and the activities of UN agencies and bodies moving forward, should use clear language and take clear action to address the real needs of vulnerable people around the world without promoting abortion. Now is not the time to add unnecessary discord to the COVID-19 response.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. The United States remains committed to working with you to preserve human life and defeat the pandemic of COVID-19. I wish you good health and safety during these challenging days.

Sincerely yours,
John Barsa

Chinese-owned slaughterhouse in America sued for enabling COVID-19 spread

Smithfield Foods Sued By Employers For Dangerous Work Environment

The largest slaughterhouse in America—and the world—has been putting workers and the American public at risk. Its largest facilities operate in North Carolina, but the company isn’t owned by Americans.

Smithfield Foods, which Nationalist Review previously reported on, is a Chinese owned and operated slaughterhouse and meatpacking corporation that controls some of the biggest brands in the country. It’s just one of the many agricultural businesses that China has purchased in the last 10 years.

The company is now facing a federal lawsuit for failing to properly protect workers from catching the disease by refusing them ample time to wash their hands, discouraging sick leave, and failing to implement a testing regimen in order to maintain safe working conditions.

The lawsuit says that “Smithfield is so unwilling to acknowledge its responsibilities to its workers and the communities where it operates that it recently blamed ‘certain cultures’ for the spread of the disease in its South Dakota plant …”

The lawsuit doesn’t seek money damages. Rather, it asks for an injunction to force Smithfield to comply with Centers for Disease Control and public health guidelines.

David Muraskin, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he was not aware of any other lawsuits seeking changes in production processes at plants, rather than monetary damages.

“All we want, all we are asking for is for it to aggressively defend its workers,” Muraskin said. “If they do that our claims go away.”

At least 46 people in one North Carolina county have been infected with the disease after showing up for work at a Smithfield facility and hundreds more throughout their wide network of plants have also come down with the disease.

Smithfield, now owned by China’s WH Group, has responded to these claims with exactly the sort of indifference one would expect a predatory foreign conglomerate to have. Instead of taking responsibility for the endangering of their employees, they blamed the “culture” of Americans living in North Carolina on its spread.

But Smithfield isn’t playing it honest. A number of their policies guaranteed that working at one of their facilities would increase an individual’s risk of contracting the disease—far more than working in another industry. One study found that counties with meatpacking facilities and found that they had twice as many cases per 100,000 residents when compared to the national average.

Even some of the incentives Smithfield offered in order to keep people coming in to work likely did more harm than good. In one plant, free lunch was offered from a centralized cafeteria, causing workers from every section of the factory to intermingle and often without protective gear.

And it’s not just North Carolina, either. Smithfield operates plants throughout the United States, and as the pandemic continues, a pattern has begun to emerge where large clusters of COVID-19 positive patients, often in the most rural parts of the country, are coming down with the disease after stints on the factory line.

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In South Dakota, it started with just one confirmed case at a Smithfield factory on 25 March. By mid-April, 644 employees of the factory had been confirmed to have contracted the virus. That particular location did eventually shut down operations—after the total number of cases reached 730 (and continued to rise to 891 after the closure).

Another foreign-owned meatpacking company, JBS, has suffered similar casualties: 5 deaths, 103 infections. JBS is a Brazilian corporation plagued by a long history of bribes and corruption. Most notably, they began exporting rotten meat to the United States, eventually causing the federal government to ban the importation of beef from Brazil.

It’s time to take back control of our agricultural industry. This is a matter of national security.

Bill Clinton’s Administration Transferred $359 Million to Chinese Nuclear Program That Helped Pakistan Develop A-Bomb

In 1996, the Clinton Administration shepherded millions in loans, backed by the guarantee of taxpayer dollars, to China’s nuclear power program via the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im).

The $359 million in loans were directed to a Chinese military program that oversees the development of all nuclear programs in China. The loans arrived in three phases, and China’s National Nuclear Power Corporation (CNNP) would eventually receive the money from China’s State Development Bank and use it to construct the Qinshan II nuclear reactor with the assistance of the American Bechtel Corporation and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Ex-Im operates with a wide berth to determine how it distributes loans, but at the time of this disbursement, it was required to seek authorization directly from the President for any loan to be granted to a communist regime. For his part, Clinton would have to make a determination that such loans were in the “national interest”. While it must make Congress aware of any loans over $100 million or granted for the construction of nuclear technology, it does not require their authorization.

In the first phase, some $36 million was requested for transfer to China to assist in the development of steam turbines with Westinghouse technology. Clinton, fulfilling his obligation, forwarded a letter to then-Speaker Newt Gingrich declaring the loan in line with our national interest—but went one step farther and authorized as much as $120 million to be distributed. In the second phase, the same process was followed with a second loan worth $323 million.

Bechtel is a private, family-owned corporation, which, in the year the loan was processed, had been padding the coffers of both political parties equally before lobbying the Ex-Im for the loan. Congress, which at the time was controlled by Republicans, sat on its hands and watched. And, as they watched, the story developed into a far more pernicious debacle.

Dr. Strangelove: Or How The US Learned To Stop Worrying And Watch As China Gave Pakistan The A-Bomb

This same Chinese nuclear corporation that was gifted with our patronage was itself responsible for assisting Pakistan in their development of nuclear weapons—just one aspect of a military relationship that has flourished since at least the 1960s.[mfn][/mfn]

Writing for the National Review, Timothy P. Carney noted Clinton’s direct involvement in approving the loan—a necessity since enacted legislation at the time prohibited loans being made to communist regimes:

For this loan to go through, President Clinton had to sign a letter saying the loan was in our national interest. His signature on that letter was interesting in the light of his administration’s finding weeks before that CNNP had transferred to Pakistan nuclear-weapons materials.

So just what were those nuclear-weapons materials? In 1995, China transferred 5,000 ring magnets to Pakistan. A ring magnet is used in gas centrifuges in order to extract enriched, weapons-grade uranium from uranium gas. Due to their critical use in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, the International Atomic Energy Agency, by way of international treaty, strictly controls the trade of this device.

This same year, the Clinton administration was pressuring Congress to roll back a number of laws prohibiting the transfer of military hardware to Pakistan. The campaign was a success and soon the Brown amendment was passed allowing for the transfer of $370 million in military equipment to the regime. At the same time, sections of the Pressler amendment, an amendment which blocked any form of foreign aid being sent to Pakistan, was modified to allow assistance to begin again. The Pressler amendment was specifically enacted as a penalty for Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons. That’s when the deal started to really explode, so to speak.

In 1998, just three years after the sale of the rings, and two years after the repeal of the pertinent portions of the Pressler amendment, Pakistan conducted its first nuclear test—though it may be more accurate to call it their first five nuclear tests, as all five bombs were detonated simultaneously in the Ras Koh Hills.

While the American government foolishly relented with its sanctions against them, the Pakistanis were secretly continuing their development of nuclear weapons. While the Americans were transferring weapons and non-military aid to the regime, the Pakistanis were busy plotting and purchasing nuclear tech from China behind their backs.

When former Senator Pressler, the same senator who spearheaded the rescinded amendment, realized how badly the wool had been pulled over the eyes of his peers, he took to the Senate floor:

It is unfortunate enough that our Nation would transfer to Pakistan, United States-made military equipment without any non-proliferation concession. Now we face the real and embarrassing prospect of having weakened United States non-proliferation law for Pakistan’s benefit at the same time Pakistan was expanding its nuclear weapons capability in violation of United States law. This irony would be humorous if the issue wasn’t so serious.

Accordingly, in view of the confirmations of these transfers, I have written today to President Clinton urging that he enforce the law. Specifically, any contemplated transfer of military equipment to Pakistan, as called for in the Brown amendment, should cease immediately. Further, sanctions called for under the law also should be applied to Chinese exporting companies.

Finally, Mr. President, it may be worth exploring if officials within the Clinton administration knew of this blatant violation of U.S. nonproliferation law while the administration was lobbying to pass the Brown amendment.

American Tech Continues To Build Reactors In China To This Day

The Qinshan II, constructed with technology and plans provided by Bechtel, was the second of such reactors as the name would suggest. The first Qinshan was also built by the American-based Westinghouse Electric Company, which is today owned by Canada’s Brookfield Business Partners, but is still headquartered in Pennsylvania.

In 2014, Chinese hackers targeted the nuclear power company even as new deals were being cemented between it and the regime. The hackers were snooping on high-level conversations between Westinghouse executives who were discussing concerns about China emerging as a future competitor in nuclear technology. All told, some 700,000 emails, documents, login credentials, and attachments were stolen—information that a federal indictment claimed would accelerate China’s domestic production manifold.

Westinghouse, now in the hands of Canadians and operating out of Pennsylvania, continues to assist China’s energy sector by exporting American technology. Last year, the fourth AP1000 reactor, a Westinghouse mainstay, went live, making it the 46th reactor unit operating in the country. They were also responsible for the construction of three other Chinese reactors in 2018.

China would take what they learned from Westinghouse and Bechtel to construct their own reactor dubbed the CAP1400 which they market as an upgrade to the AP1000. To date, China has used what they’ve learned from American technology to begin exporting their own nuclear reactors to Pakistan. The regime has ambitious plans to build “as many as 30 nuclear reactors” abroad as part of its Belt and Road initiative—a scheme to gain regional and lasting economic supremacy with a modern-day Silk Road.

If they succeed, CNNP can expect to generate well over $100 billion. And that less than half-billion loan from the Clinton era may be largely responsible for enabling them in their designs.

American Loans Were Cheaper For Our Enemies

Ex-Im is a government agency dedicated to providing low interest loans to foreign corporations and governments in the hopes that this will encourage the export of American goods abroad. But while there is some merit to the program, the agency itself has been plagued by corruption and special interest groups. In recent years, a significant portion of all loans have gone to Boeing. In some cases, those loans amounted to over 40% of the total doled out.

At the time of the loan transfer, American homeowners were paying 7.8% interest on their mortgage loans, businessmen seeking the prime rate could hope for 8.5%, and China, blessed with a loan backed by American tax dollars, was charged just 7.49%.

In other words, America was funding a foreign enterprise at a cheaper rate than was available for its own businesses and that foreign business grew from the seed capital to become a net-exporter, all while making illegal deals with third-party nations and hacking American corporations who they were partnered with.

China’s nuclear relationship with Pakistan continues to this day. In 2017, the two governments reached an agreement for the construction of a new nuclear reactor.

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BREAKING: Israel Attacks Syrian Airbase

At approximately 10:10 PM local time, the Israeli Air Force conducted an air raid on the Tiyas Military Airbase (otherwise known as the T-4 Airbase). Initial reports indicate that a number of missiles were launched targeting the base with Syrian military sources claiming they neutralized most of the missiles with their air defense system.

Four missiles are said to have reached their targets causing limited damage according to Syrian military officials.

While the immediate story claimed the missiles were launched from drones, more recent reports state that they were launched from warplanes.

The T-4 Airbase has allegedly seen a number of Iranian cargo planes making deliveries over the past 10 days, possibly prompting the attack by Israel.

We will update this story as more facts come to light.

Trump to sign bill with amnesty package for illegals while supporters distracted by impeachment

While much of the nation was focused on the ongoing impeachment charade, Congress pushed through an omnibus spending bill that will grant amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for thousands of illegal aliens. The president intends to sign that bill, but its unclear if he’s even aware of what is inside it.

The bill, the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, is an omnibus spending bill manipulatively named to prevent conservative voters from understanding the full breadth of what is included. Taken at face value, by its title alone, the bill would appear to strictly deal with funding our military budget. Unfortunately, that’s not the full picture.

Tucked inside the bill, in a passage included by Democrat senators Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jack Reed of Rhode Island, is an amnesty package which provides Liberians who have been in the country illegally since 2014 eligibility to apply for green cards and citizenship. More troubling is the fact that Senator Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, seems to have played a role in slipping this pathway to citizenship into the bill.

Last week, Trump took to Twitter to proclaim that he would sign the “defense funding” bill, but the White House has remained silent about their views on the amnesty provision. It’s unclear whether the president is aware of the pathway to citizenship for Liberian illegals, or if he simply is willing sign this bill regardless.

In the early 1990s, thousands of Liberian “visitors” found themselves in a bit of a predicament: their homeland was in the midst of a civil war. Legally, all of these people subject to deportation and had overstayed visas that forbid them from working.

Many of these visitors arrived in a dishonest fashion, knowing full well they were skirting the refugee and asylum process, admitting to looking for work while their papers had them listed as taking a vacation.

In the interest of responding fairly to those struggling with a humanitarian crisis, the Immigration Act of 1990 created a special designation now known as “Temporary Protected Status”.

While both the civil war and Ebola crisis have since ended in Liberia, thousands of Liberians remain in the United States. President Trump has pushed for their removal on numerous occasions and he has repeatedly relented and extended their protection status.

Once he signs this bill, they’ll be living here permanently. Are you tired of winning yet?

A look at migrations consequences in Europe: “42 out of 100 sexual assaults” in Italy alone

It’s no secret, the face of Europe has been completely transformed due to the unfettered migration of “refugees from Middle East.

It has taken years of uncontrolled and open borders, but to look across Europe today is to look at an unsafe, chaotic continent.

For instance, newly released data from the Italian Interior Ministry has revealed that 42 out of 100 rapes in Italy are committed by migrants. Over recent months, Italy has seen a drastic increase of migrant sex attacks. In one such instance, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old migrant after he abducted her and drove her to an isolated area where she was bound and raped.

A girl was raped by a gang of five migrants in March. A 15-year-old was raped by another gang of five in October. Last year, a 16-year-old in Rome was drugged and raped by several migrant men who then allegedly purposely gave her an overdose to kill her.

For another example of how dangerous Europe has become, we need look no further than Mayor Sadiq Khan’s London. Five gang members were convicted of murder after a sickening attack on a rival gang member last week. The group of five carried at least five knives, a handgun, and a shotgun. When they found their victim, they opened fire “narrowly missing customers and staff” and had no care for the other citizens out-and-about at the busy movie theater and restaurants on the street.

Gang-related violence isn’t only a threat in the UK, but in Sweden as well.

One needn’t look far to find signs of carnage that could have been avoided if this migration policy was not pursued. Two were fatally shot outside of a nightclub in Norrköping. This shooting came on the heels after another man was shot dead in Malmö. Another shooting took place in Kristianstad in the early morning hours, with a residential building being shot at with what authorities described as automatic gunfire.

Not only that, but during 2019, explosions and bombings have risen 45% in Sweden. Though the government has promised to address the problem of gang violence, only around 8% of the Swedish public say they trust the government to solve the issue in the next five years. A staggering 88% believe the violence will remain unchanged or even get worse.

A court recently heard a victim of the Telford grooming scandal, with the victim claiming she was “passed around like meat” and that her school did nothing to stop it. From age 12, the victim said she was forced to have sex with so many men that she lost count of the exact number.

Forced into this grooming nightmare, she was then bullied at school for it. Other students would mime actions “with their hand by their mouth” suggesting sexual acts. The victim claimed teachers heard people spreading rumors and bullying her and not a single one pulled her aside to ask if things were alright.

The accused ringleader of the Telford child sex ring, Tanveer Ahmend, was deported to Pakistan for “unrelated offenses” so he is not standing trial for the alleged abuse. However, five other men—all who claim innocence—are being prosecuted.

Mohammed Ali Sultan is accused of one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault. Nazam Akhtar is accused of raping the victim whilst Amjad Hussain is said to have urinated on her in an act of humiliation.

Hussain is also accused of forcing the victim to perform oral sex in a churchyard on two separate occasions. Shafiq Younas is accused of forcing the victim to perform oral sex at the same location. Mohammad Rizwan is accused of two counts of indecent assault. The trial is ongoing.

All of this isn’t even to mention the stabbing spree that took place near London Bridge last week, with two killed and three wounded. The suspect, Usman Khan, who was shot dead, was arrested in 2012 for terrorism offenses and released in December 2018. 

It is a grievous slight for governments across Europe to be wholly incapable to uphold the very safety of the public. The most basic and comforting right of any first-world nation is to be protected and safe from danger as you walk down the street.

That, sadly, does not seem to be the case in the European Union.

China makes threat of terrorism in the United States, they’ll “pay the price” and see the White House “redecorated”

The cooling relations between the United States and China have further deteriorated following an implied threat from spokesperson Hua Chunying speaking on behalf of the communist regime.

The statement comes following numerous politicians in the United States criticizing the Chinese government for their handling of both the Hong Kong pro-democracy uprising and Uighur Muslims.

“The US will be forced to pay the price for one’s wrong doings”

Here’s what the spokesperson said a series of statements published to Twitter this week:

“The bitter lessons of 9/11 [are not] far [off]. What happens in Xinjiang is NOT about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but combating terrorism & separatism. Double standards only boomerang [back] on the US itself.”

“The US messed up in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Now the US tries to mess up Hong Kong…and China. This is just an illusion and will never succeed…This is what a normal Chinese citizen will think about that.”

In a related clip, translated by Twitter user Jules Salomez, the spokesperson made the threat more clear:

“The 9/11 attacks on the US took place not too long ago. The US had better not forget about the pain after the wound has finally healed. If the US continues to hypocritically criticize China’s efforts to prevent terrorism and force one’s own will on the domestic affairs of China, than the United States will eventually be forced to pay the price for one’s wrong doings.”

China’s state-run CCTV encourages protesters to “redecorate” the “White House”

While the comments from the spokesperson were ominous, they were also intentionally left vague, leaving some room for generous interpretation. One might assume she was merely referring to karma forcing the United States to pay the price. That is until China’s propaganda machine began spinning its wheels.

China’s state-run news agency, CCTV, took the comments one step further, publishing a very alarming image to their social media accounts. The image reads: “America passes the Hong Kong Human Rights Act. Welcome to the White House – do some decoration.”

Image depicts protesters ransacking the Capitol (which they seem to have confused with the White House). The protesters are dressed in a similar fashion to Hong Kong democracy protesters, making the message impossible to ignore.

The implication is clear: that if the United States intends to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong, then China feels that, should attacks take place in the United States, that’s merely our just deserts.

It’s worth pointing out that CCTV actually used the wrong building for their artwork. Picture above is an artistic rendering of our Capitol building. Twitter user and Manchurian dissident Augustus Borealis weighed in on the confusion:

Earlier this month, US lawmakers passed two bills to censure the communist regime:

S. 2710: A bill to prohibit the commercial export of covered munitions items to the Hong Kong Police Force

S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

President Donald Trump has signed these bills into law.

Historic Drug Bust: Colombian Submarine carrying 6,600 pounds of Cartel Cocaine captured in Spain

It has long been rumored that three sophisticated narco syndicates have been utilizing submersible technology to cross the Atlantic Ocean and deliver drugs from South America to Europe. While it is widely known that these groups have been using submarines to transport drugs to the United States, never before have they been caught making the transatlantic journey. Now, one has been finally nabbed, its cargo seized, and its crew arrested by Spanish authorities. That makes this story one for the ages.

In the culmination of a multi-year investigation conducted in coordination between American, Spanish and Europol law enforcement officers, thousands of pounds of narcotics, the all of which came from South America, have been seized by authorities. The operation was dubbed “Marea Negra” or “Black Tide”.

Since the discovery on 24 November, much attention has been paid to tracing the origin of the craft. It can now be announced that the submarine was manufactured in Guyana at the behest of a Colombian cartel, and from there it was loaded up and began its journey across the Atlantic. The Medellín cartel is the most likely culprit behind this affair and has enjoyed a decades-long presence in Spain.

This is historic news: a 65-foot submarine, carrying 6,600 lbs of narcotics and three Ecuadorian drug smugglers, was captured by Spanish authorities off the coast of Galicia. This is the first time that a submersible system has been found by authorities in Europe.

Authorities estimate that cartels have produced roughly 1,000 of these submarines and that only three groups have the resources to fund them.

Since the capture of the cartel vessel, six individuals have been arrested by the Spanish police. The Ecuadorian crew members that made the perilous journey were the first to be caught and just the other day three operatives coordinating distribution on the ground in Spain were also detained.

HUGE PROFITS: a kilo of cocaine in Spain has a street value of $45,000

Our American Drug Enforcement Agency has been working alongside the Spanish Brigada Central de Estupefacientes (Central Narcotic Brigade) ever since the cartel presence was first detected in Europe some 35 years ago.

The Medellín cartel is content with watching shipments like these being caught due to the high markup on cocaine trafficked abroad. A single kilo can sell for roughly $45,000 in Europe, whereas it would retail for only half that in the United States. Production costs are even lower: traffickers pay just $900 per kilo for the unrefined coca paste.

With the recent Colombian peace process finalized earlier this year, farmers have expanded their cultivation of coca leaf by hundreds of thousands of acres. With the increased supply now saturating the markets on the American hemisphere, cartels will continue to seek out demand.

Not the first submarine, just the first one caught

This likely isn’t the first time that narcotics have made their way to Europe in this manner. Spanish publication El Pais had this to say:

 Losada said the narco-submarine had the “fuel capacity to cross an ocean with this type of cargo,” and warned: “Drug traffickers are continuing to introduce drugs into Europe using any type of vessel, like this submersible.” The vessel has been transported to the port of Aldán, which is home to 26,000 people. The narco-submarine was refloated with the help of two small fishing ships. The efforts to raise the sub had faced several setbacks including bad weather and the fact that two of the ropes that divers had attached to the vessel broke while it was being towed to port.

Legend becomes reality. Since 2006, officers had been hearing about drug-laden semi-submersibles making the trip to Spain and Africa. But no one had ever caught one. This is the first narco-submarine to be captured in Europe. “No one had seen anything like it before, not even the Colombians,” said sources close to the investigation. The investigation was opened following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which was then pursued by the National Police, Civil Guard and SVA. It’s now known that the sub was made in a secret shipyard in the jungles of Suriname or Guyana, specifically to carry the cocaine shipment from Colombia to Galicia.

Earlier this week, it was announced that 1,400 lbs of crystal meth were also recovered from a warehouse in Barcelona—the largest seizure of methamphetamine ever made by Spanish authorities.