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US Coast Guard finds submarine carrying $165M worth of cocaine

Culture 26/09/2019

A submarine transporting over 5000kg of cocaine worth more than US$165 million dollars has been discovered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to ABC News, the vessel was stopped in the Pacific Ocean by Coast Guard officials who arrested four suspected drug smugglers.

“The detection of a semi-submersible submarine is very difficult especially at night, that's when this one was spotted by an aircraft that was flying in a routine patrol in the area,” Coast Guard Lt. Commander Matthew Kroll told ABC News. “They vectored in the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant and in the early morning hours, the cutter launched one or two small boats to interdict the submarine.”

“The majority of the vessels that we interdict are coming out of South America, and they're trying to get their way to either southern Mexico or central Central America, via the eastern Pacific maritime routes. So that's where the majority of our assets, along with the assets of multiple Nations and other agencies, the United States that are working together to stop those transit zones."

US$165m is a pretty massive haul!