US. Coast Guard crew members Cutter Munro are entering a semi-submersible on 18 June, suspected of carrying drugs while operating in international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.
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US. Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro board a semi-submersible on June 18, suspected of carrying drugs while operating in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
A high-speed hunt with a suspected Narko U-boat in the eastern Pacific shows how dangerous the US Coast Guard operations can be to fighting drug smuggling.
The dramatic one-minute video was shot on June 18 by a Coast Guard member wearing a helmet camera. It was released on Thursday.
"Stop your boat!" The voice of a Coastguard member is repeated in Spanish.
But in the international waters of the Pacific, the self-propelled semi-submersible is racing ahead. "That will be hard to achieve," says the man. US Coast Guard Cutter Munro approaches the ship and a person can climb aboard and knock on the ship's hatch.
A suspected drug smuggler shows up, hands in the air.
At this point the footage stops.
According to the Washington Post, the ship contained more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth about $ 232 million.
Such ships are built to withstand discovery while consuming a large amount of illegal imports, the Coast Guard said in a description enclosed with the video.
"They are like the White whale," Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey told the newspaper. "They're pretty rare, and for us it's a significant event to get one."
This is because smugglers often open a valve and purposely sink their ships to prevent a seizure and direct clues to alleged crimes into the ocean. Brickey told Post that prosecution often has only a minute or two to judge if a ship they boarded is on the ocean floor.
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Vice President Pence attended an unloading event on Thursday in North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, where 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were involved, was confiscated by alleged drug smugglers in the eastern Pacific, including the cocaine from the half-diver.
These drugs, worth about $ 569 million, were seized by three Coast Guard cutters between May and July in busts.