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

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2019

These self-propelled drug-smuggling submarines are nicknamed "narco-subs" and have been known to be used by cartels and traffickers for smuggling drugs across borders. Most are never spotted.

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

The two team members are seen banging strongly on the hatch numerous times before one of the vessel's crew members opens it. "That's going to be hard to get on", he says. The boarders wore holstered pistols and night-vision goggles to prepare to peer inside the dark hull. Video released by the authorities on Thursday showed one guardsman pounding the hatch of the vessel with his fist and trying to tear it apart before the smuggler emerges and surrenders to United States authorities. Then the video ends.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence visited San Diego to see the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offload more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined estimated $569 million, which was seized off the Pacific in worldwide waters. Stephen Brickey told ABC News. Coast Guard patrols may encounter a narco sub about once a year.

"Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives", Vice President Mike Pence said at an event in San Diego overnight. As a result, the Coast Guard intentionally sank these ships. The alleged smugglers were taken for prosecution by the DEA.

- The U.S. Coast Guard stopped a submarine carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine off the coast of South America, part of a $569 million drug bust, officials said Thursday.

Eventually, one of the Coast Guardsman jumps off the moving cutter onto the suspected drug vessel and start pounding away at the hatch.

Drug submarines are not only increasing in number but also improving in their abilities to elude the USA led drug interception efforts.

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