U.S. captures semi-submersible after high-speed chase

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2019

Video from June released this week by the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area shows the crew of the Munro coming up on "a self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel" (also known as a "narco sub") while operating in worldwide waters in the Pacific Ocean. In the footage, a crew member yells "Stop your boat!"

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. In 2009, The Washington Post reported that more than a third of Colombian cocaine that ultimately arrived in the USA was smuggled into submersibles bound for Central America and Mexico.

"They're pretty rare. For us to get one, it's a significant event", Lieutenant Commander Stephen Brickey said.

A total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana- worth a combined estimated $569 million, was seized during that time.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who was in San Diego, Calif., for the drop off, said 55 alleged smugglers will be prosecuted.

The drugs were seized in 14 operations since May in global waters off Mexico and Central and South America. The Pacific region monitored by the Coast Guard is about the size of the continental U.S., Brickey said, likening the mission to a pair of police cars patrolling the country.

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

Here are some other videos of interdictions that were part of the anti-drug effort.

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