US Coast Guard Crew Boards Suspected Drug-Smuggling Submarine in Pacific

Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monro transfer packages of cocaine from an interceptor boat to the cutter following an interdiction in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

The dramatic, one-minute video was recorded by a member of the Coast Guard wearing a helmet camera on June 18.

Overall, USCGC Munro returned home to San Diego with 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth around $569 million, which US Coast Guard managed to seize between May and July in 14 separate raids off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America. Eventually, one of the Coast Guardsman jumps off the moving cutter onto the suspected drug vessel and start pounding away at the hatch.

Officials said most of the vessels were from Central America and South America.

These vessels are relatively rare. They're drug cartel-funded ships built in the jungle and created to carry massive amounts of drugs. Once they're filled with drugs and deployed, Brickey said they're nearly impossible to detect without prior intelligence or an aircraft.

Even if the Coast Guard does manage to catch the vessel, they have to be quick.

The US Coast Guard Twitter published a video of the interception of a ship carrying a consignment of cocaine weighing more than 7 tons, the market value of which is $232 million. The smugglers could also be armed.

Dramatic footage has been released of a USA coast guard member pouncing onto a homemade submarine as it threatens to descend below the ocean's surface.

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The Coast Guard, he said say, is tasked with patrolling the area with the equivalent of two police cars.

Brickey said patrols may encounter a narco-sub once a year or so.

"They're like the White Whale", Brickey told The Washington Post on Thursday, describing narco-subs.

A total of 55 suspected drug smugglers were detained during the operation, despite the boats and submarines being stopped in global waters.

A Coast Guard aircraft initially spotted the semi-submersible and then two boats stealthily approached, CNN reported.

"These sorts of capabilities on these ships is what will make us successful in the future", he said.

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