Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Coast Guard Raided A Cocaine-Filled Submarine

Coast Guard Raided A Cocaine-Filled Submarine

The US Coast Guard cutter Munro intercepted several suspected drug-smuggling vessels, including a semi-submersible vessel, also known as a narco-submarine, and two boats in the eastern Pacific Ocean over the course of June 2019, the coast guard said.

The seizure captured eight tons of cocaine, or a staggering 17,000 pounds with an estimated street value of $232 million US dollars.

The U.S. Coast Guard shared an intense video of three Coast Guardsmen boarding a semi-submersible vessel allegedly carrying thousands of pounds of cocaine.

But the self-propelled, semi-submersible speeds ahead in the worldwide waters of the Pacific.

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard's elite LEDET team leaped onto a drug submarine and helped capture over eight tons of illegal cocaine. A Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron precision marksman used disabling-gunfire to stop the boat during a Coast Guard interdiction.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the offloading of the drugs Thursday, along with Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon and Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Linda Fagan. He said, "Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives".

And a part of of the problem is that 70 percent of Coast Guard's fleet is over 50 years old - so they're slow and require a lot of maintenance before they can be deployed. A suspected drug smuggler emerges, hands in the air.

"Let me commend you especially for your new deployment to the Eastern Pacific corridor", Pence said, Coast Guard News reported.

The U.S. government tries to keep illicit drugs from getting into the United States, and the crew of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro isn't playing around. "And that's why we are committed to fully funding our Coast Guard, including replacing old ships with new ones, just like the Cutter Munro".

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

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