US Coast guardsmen jump onto homemade submarine filled with cocaine

US Coast guardsmen jump onto homemade submarine filled with cocaine

US Coast guardsmen jump onto homemade submarine filled with cocaine

The U.S. government tries to keep illicit drugs from getting into the United States, and the crew of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro isn't playing around.

The bust took place on June 18.

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

Members of the guard then jump on the submarine-like boat, eventually forcing the top open to reveal the smugglers inside. In the footage, a crew member yells "Stop your boat!"

The cutter then launched a helicopter beyond the line of sight of the submersible, and directed the two smaller boats to its location. The Munro coast guard boat pursued a drug ship, after which the crewmembers landed on the smugglers' ship. Once they're filled with drugs and deployed, Brickey said they're nearly impossible to detect without prior intelligence or an aircraft. "Most of the vessel is underwater, so it's hard to pick out".

On Thursday, crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard's Cutter Munro are expected to return to San Diego to offload 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana with a combined worth estimated at $569 million.

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

He said for 2019, the Coast Guard has seized roughly $3.6 billion in illegal drugs and arrested 400 alleged smugglers.

He carefully makes his way to the hatch, pounding it several times before it opens, the raised hands of a suspected trafficker emerging from inside. Stephen Brickey told ABC News.

Once the Coast Guard seized the drugs from these vessels, some were deemed unworthy of towing back to shore due to flooding in engine compartments and a lack of sufficient tow points.

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