Intense video shows Coast Guard leap onto 'narco submarine' carrying cocaine

Erika Holt
July 13, 2019

It's not easy, and the Coast Guard only stops an estimated 11 percent of the vessels that pass through the East Pacific - an area Brickey said was about the size of the entire US.

The Coast Guard intercepted 14 vessels, including homemade submarines, of 18 tons of cocaine and marijuana valued at more than $569 million. All of the drugs were seized in global waters during routine operations in the Eastern Pacific.

The footage of the semi-submersible seizure has been seen more than 1.3million times since being posted by the Coast Guard yesterday. Eventually, one of the Coast Guardsman jumps off the moving cutter onto the suspected drug vessel and start pounding away at the hatch.

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego on Thursday to congratulate the crew for the successful outcome of its counter-narcotics operation.

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Dramatic video released by the U.S. Coast Guard shows an interdiction team at sea, shouting in Spanish while forcibly boarding a "homemade" submarine alleged to be carrying thousands of pounds of drugs. Firstly, it would take a lot of courage- and skill- to leap from a pitching Coast Guard RIB onto the slippery, rounded deck of a narco-submarine. The interdictions, including the actual boarding, are led and conducted by members of the U.S. Coast Guard. Let's hear it for the men and women of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro.

The vice president also reassured crew members that a plentiful budget will be used to purchase new ships for the U.S. Coast Guard. "And that's why we are committed to fully funding our Coast Guard, including replacing old ships with new ones, just like the Cutter Munro".

In the last four years, there's been an increase in drug cartels from Central and South America using these semi-submersible vessels, Lt. Commander Stephen Brickey told CNN.

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