Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Coast Guard Boards A Narco-Sub Carrying 17,000 Pounds Of Cocaine

US Coast Guard Boards A Narco-Sub Carrying 17,000 Pounds Of Cocaine

The US Coast Guard released footage of the hunt for the "narco-sub", which shows a US official boarding the semi-submersible vessel while it is still travelling at speed, before pounding on the hatch calling for the occupants to open up.

The U.S. Coast Guard released video Thursday showing its Cutter Munro crew members boarding a self-propelled mini-submarine suspected of smuggling drugs off the Pacific Ocean.

Coast Guardsman's efforts form part of a nationwide push to combat drug trafficking out of South and Central America.

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

He said this particular semi-submersible - the vessel can not fully dive like a submarine - was sunk by the Coast Guard, with the alleged smugglers taken away to be prosecuted. The video shows one boat pulling up alongside the sub while a coast guard officer shouts at the suspected smugglers in Spanish.

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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.

"It's moving pretty quickly and it's a high-speed evolution at sea which is inherently risky", Masson told Fox News, referencing the video.

Inside was more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth $232 million, said Lt. Commander Stephen Brickey, a spokesman for U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area. Firstly, it would take a lot of courage- and skill- to leap from a pitching Coast Guard RIB onto the slippery, rounded deck of a narco-submarine.

Homemade submarines are commonly used to smuggle drugs out of Colombia.

Boarders have one to two minutes to assess whether they are on a drug-laced vessel about to sink, Brickey said.

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