The United States Coast Guard released an incredible video of a drug bust done at sea. The dramatic scene unfolded in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on June 18.
According to NBC News, it was one of 14 vessels that were intercepted off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between May and July.
In the dramatic video, a service member on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro can be heard screaming at the semi-submerged vessel.
“That’s going to be hard to get on,” someone else says.
The Coast Guard closes in and crew members jump on top of the submarine as it continues to move. They bang on the hatch, and within moments an unidentified person emerges.
Roughly, 17,000 pounds of cocaine was discovered inside the self-propelled submersible vessel, also known as a “narco-sub,” along with five smugglers, according to NBC News. A spokesman for U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area told the Washington Post it’s estimated to be worth $232 million.
When the cutter returned to San Diego with the seized drugs, Vice President Pence was there to greet the crew.
“Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives,” he said.
The Coast Guard’s operations, which began in May will reportedly lead to the prosecution of 55 alleged smugglers. The five people on board this particular vessel were turned over to the DEA for prosecution.
Today Vice President Mike Pence will welcome the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro back to the U.S. as they turn over 39,000 pounds of cocaine to federal agents. The narcotics were seized in 14 U.S. Coast Guard busts off Central and South America, including this harrowing interdiction of a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel carrying over 16,000 pounds of cocaine. We disrupt the cocaine profits drug cartels use to diversify and fund other illicit activities like trafficking opioids and methamphetamines, and we do it at sea where they are most vulnerable. Welcome home, Shipmates! Bravo Zulu to you and all the Coast Guard units involved. Semper Paratus! We will be livestreaming the Munro offload today on our page. Check back for time. Read more: http://bit.ly/2XFQG6q
Posted by U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday, July 11, 2019
What a catch! The video is absolutely incredible.
Share this on Facebook to thank these brave crew members for putting their lives on the line every day for our country.