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Intense video shows Coast Guard leap onto 'narco submarine' carrying cocaine

Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monro aboard a 35-foot long range interceptor boat supervise the intentional sinking of suspected drug-smuggling boats after seizing cocaine from them in the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Intense video shows what happens when the US Coast Guard runs down a suspected drug smuggling sub
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2019, 18:22

Video shows U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro members intercept the submarine-type vessel.

A semi-submersible was navigating through the waters when a member of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro leaped onto the partially submerged vessel as it was moving and broke open the hatch.

Footage shows another boat approach the submersible with crew members on board shouting as they edge closer to it.

Drug submarines are not only increasing in number but also improving in their abilities to elude the USA led drug interception efforts. Once they had an idea of where the vessel was, the guard launched two small boats to creep up on the smugglers, and were eventually able to board without detection.

The coast guard said the interceptions were made in global waters.

During at-sea interdictions in global waters, a suspect vessel is initially detected and monitored by allied, military or law enforcement personnel coordinated by Joint Interagency Task Force-South based in Key West, Florida, and the interdictions including the boardings are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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

The Coast Guard says increased us and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin are part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy.

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He said self-propelled semi-submersible vessels are sometimes used by traffickers to smuggle drugs in the open sea.

"These two issues are linked", he said. Coast Guard patrols may encounter a narco sub about once a year.

Driving the cocaine-filled vessel were five suspected drug smugglers.