U.S. Coast Guard Leaps Aboard Moving Narco-Submarine in Dramatic Drug Bust
The U.S. Coast Guard released a dramatic video of its crew members finding and then bravely leaping onto a moving drug-filled submarine in the Pacific Ocean.
The sub was carrying 17,000 pounds (7711 kilograms) worth of cocaine, and is part of a month long drug bust worth $569 million.
17,000 pounds worth of cocaine intercepted
The video shows members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro first screaming imperceptibly at an unidentified moving object in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Then, as the Coast Guard nears the half-submerged moving vessel two of its team can be seen as jumping onto the top of what is now clearly a submarine.
The two team members are seen banging strongly on the hatch numerous times before one of the vessel's crew members opens it.
Video Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The drug bust mission
The U.S. Coast Guard told NBC News on July 11, 2019, that during this mission they had found 17,000 pounds of cocaine inside the submarine, which accounts for the equivalent of $232 million if sold.
.@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
Driving the cocaine-filled vessel were five suspected drug smugglers.
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.
This operation took place on June 18, 2019 and intercepted one of 14 drug-smuggling vessels off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America. The Cutter Munro is one of three vessels to have made the interceptions between May and June of 2019.
Today @VP Mike Pence joined the crew of @USCG National Security Cutter Munro to announce the seizure of 39,000lbs of cocaine and 933lbs of marijuana with a street value of $569 million. pic.twitter.com/n93Ymf4mDQ— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) July 11, 2019
According to the press release on July 11, 2019, during these months a total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were caught, the equivalent of $569 million.
The drugs were unloaded on Thursday in San Diego, where Vice President Mike Pence was there to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard's team members.
According to Pence, 55 alleged smugglers will be facing prosecution.