Coast Guard seizes about 40,000 pounds drugs on high seas

Clay Curtis
July 12, 2019

The event, a video of which was released on July 11, took place on June 18 in the East Pacific Ocean.

The cutter then launched a helicopter beyond the line of sight of the submersible, and directed the two smaller boats to its location.

When they hear no response, the boat appears to ram into the submarine and two coast guards jump on top of it.

"That's going to be hard to get on", he says in English.

The guardsmen wore night-vision goggles in anticipation of peering inside the dark hull.

An image made from video released by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a service member of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro boarding a suspected drug smuggling vessel in worldwide waters on the Pacific Ocean on June 18, 2019.

"Stop your boat now", the guardsman shouts in Spanish.

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The Coast Guard intercepted 14 vessels, including homemade submarines, of 18 tons of cocaine and marijuana valued at more than $569 million.

"They're not really effective enough to meet this new threat", Brickey said.

Once the Coast Guard seized the drugs from these vessels, some were deemed unworthy of towing back to shore due to flooding in engine compartments and a lack of sufficient tow points. Masson confirmed that the vessels are created to hold large quantities of drugs and are used to try and evade detection.

The footage of the semi-submersible seizure has been seen more than 1.3million times since being posted by the Coast Guard yesterday.

The hatch opens, with the raised hands of a suspected trafficker emerging from within, before the video ends.

In the last four years, there's been an increase in drug cartels from Central and South America using these semi-submersible vessels, Lt. Commander Stephen Brickey told CNN.

Seizing cartel subs that traffic tons of narcotics to American shores is no easy task, as many of them easily elude U.S. patrol boats on the way.

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