Gripping Video Shows US Coast Guard Stopping A Vessel Carrying Cocaine

Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro inspect a self-propelled semisubmersible on June 19. U.S. Coast Guard

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

An officer with the U.S. Coast Guard boards a semi-submersible full of suspected drug smugglers on the Pacific Ocean on June 18, 2019.

Watch the drama unfold in the video above.

The sub was carrying 17,000 pounds worth of cocaine, and is part of a month long drug bust worth $569 million.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew members board a semi-submersible suspected of carrying drugs on June 18 while operating in worldwide waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Crew members then jump onto the top of the mostly submerged "narco sub" as it cuts through the waves before prying open the hatch.

Vice President Pence attended an offloading event Thursday at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego involving 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana seized from suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific, including the cocaine from the semi-submersible.

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"They're not really effective enough to meet this new threat", Brickey said.

Drug submarines are not only increasing in number but also improving in their abilities to elude the USA led drug interception efforts. Boarding them can be "hairy", he said - smugglers can be armed, and when caught, they typically open a valve to quickly fill the vessel with water, sending all the drugs and evidence to the ocean floor.

So far in fiscal year 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard said it has interdicted over 143 metric tons of cocaine, worth over $4.2 billion.

There were five people on the vessel, who were then turned over the US Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.

Marine patrol aircraft first spotted the submersible and communicated its location to the Munro, Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Cmdr.

About 80% of drugs that enter the USA come from the Pacific corridor, Brickey said, and authorities stop about 11% of semisubmersibles.

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