Seizing cartel subs that traffic tons of narcotics to American shores is no easy task, as many of them easily elude US patrol boats on the way. Last month, however, the US Coast Guard got lucky, spotting a semi-submersed vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
.@VP is welcoming back the crew of CG Cutter Munro as they turn over 39K lbs of cocaine from drug seizures like this one from a semi-submersible off South America to federal agents. We will be live-streaming the offload on Facebook in a few hours. More: https://t.co/5eQRbQpxw5 pic.twitter.com/9bMRorDC4I— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) July 11, 2019
Before the sub was able to slip underwater, three commandos from US Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) jumped on the moving vessel. Video released by the authorities on Thursday shows one guardsman pounding the hatch of the vessel with his fist and trying to tear it apart before the smuggler emerges and surrenders.
The guardsmen recovered 17,000 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth $232 million. Overall, USCGC Munro returned home to San Diego with 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth around $569 million, which the US Coast Guard managed to seize between May and July in 14 separate raids off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.
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