The U.S. Coast Guard, working alongside the Colombian Navy, has seized a submarine carrying over 12,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific.
The 40-foot submarine, carrying an estimated $165 million worth of cocaine, was on its way to the United States when it was captured. The Coast Guard says they deployed two small vessels to intercepted the submersible, then boarding the sub and taking four people into custody.
“In a 24-hour period, the crew both crossed the equator and intercepted a drug-laden self-propelled semi-submersible vessel. Each in and of themselves is momentous events in any cutterman’s career. Taken together, however, it is truly remarkably unprecedented. This interdiction was an all-hands-on-deck evolution, and each crew member performed above and beyond the call of duty,” Cmdr. Matthew Waldron, the cutter’s commanding officer, said in a statement.