The U.S. Coast Guard released video Thursday of service members leaping onto a submarine carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine as part of a monthslong, $569 million cocaine bust.
A member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro can be seen in the video yelling at an unidentified aquatic vehicle to stop because it moved alongside the cutter on the surface of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Crew members then soar onto the top of the mostly submerged vessel as it’s moving and bust open the hatch.
A person inside the vessel will be seen briefly just as the hatch opens on the end of the minute-long video.
About 17,000 pounds of cocaine had been found inside along with five suspected smugglers, the U.S. Coast Guard advised NBC Information on Thursday. The estimated street worth of the drugs is $232 million.
Self-propelled submersible vessels, typically known as “narco-subs,” are typically utilized by cartels and traffickers to smuggle drugs across borders.
The operation, which occurred June 18, was one in every of 14 drug-smuggling vessels intercepted off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America by three Coast Guard cutters between May and July of this yr. A total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana have been seized in that time, for an estimated value of $569 million, according to a press launch Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence was there as Coast Guard members unloaded the seized drugs in San Diego on Thursday. The operations will lead to the prosecution of 55 alleged smugglers, according to Pence.