A Submarine Carrying $181 Milion In Drugs Was Intercepted By A Coast Guard!
The United States Coast Guard intercepted the transfer of cocaine amounting to $181 million from a submarine 200 miles off the shore of Mexico. The USCGC Stratton was able to seize 12,000 pounds of cocaine from the vessel on July 18 after a U.S. Navy aircraft spotted the sub. A total of 16,000 pounds of drugs were found inside the semi-submersible vessel transported by four smugglers who were taken into custody, the bust is the biggest of its kind in Coast Guard history.
“Every interception of these semi-submersibles disrupts transnational organized crime networks and helps increase security and stability in the Western Hemisphere,” Coast Guard Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray, commander of the Pacific area, said in a statement. The Stratton tried to tow the semi-submersible to shore, but it sank and took 4,000 pounds of cocaine with it, the Coast Guard said. The Guard recovered 12,000 pounds of drugs before the vessel sank. A U.S. Navy plane spotted the blue-colored semi-submersible and notified the Coast Guard, officials said. The boats have become a favorite of Colombian smugglers, who have been using them for a decade.
“All that you can see is the exhaust pipe and the cockpit from air, so they’re very difficult to see,” U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy said.
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The July 18 bust is not the first time a semi-submersible has been intercepted by the Coast Guard. At least 25 such vehicles have been stopped in the Eastern Pacific since.