Dramatic video has captured members of the U.S. Coast Guard jumping onto a submarine suspected of drug smuggling in order to intercept the vessel. If the LEDET operator making the boarding fell between the Coast Guard vessel and the narco sub, he could easily be crushed to death and held underwater. The incident happened in June and the video of the drug bust was released recently.
The seizures occurred off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.
During at-sea interdictions in worldwide 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.
"Stop your boat now", the guardsman shouts in Spanish.More news: Amazon's Alexa will offer medical advice to United Kingdom users
Foxnews reports citing US Coast Guard spokesman John Masson that five intruders were discovered on the ship.
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.
Lieutenant Commander Brickey said smugglers could sometimes be armed and, if caught, open a valve in the vessel to fill it with water, scuttling all evidence as it sinks to the sea bed.
The US Coast Guard sets drug-smuggling vessels alight.More news: ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder' to End after Next Season
According to the press release on Thursday, during these months a total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were caught, the equivalent of $569 million.
A total of 55 suspected drug smugglers were detained during the operation, despite the boats and submarines being stopped in worldwide waters.
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.More news: OPEC forecasts oil demand to grow in 2020