Improvised submarines seized in the eastern Pacific have found more than five tonnes of cocaine worth 151 million euros. Over the past week, U.S. Coast Guard officers have been successful in several interceptions on the maritime routes used by drug cartels to transport drugs.
Earlier this week, members of the Eastern Pacific Coast Guard encountered a 12-foot semi-submarine carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine. The vessel – a barge with drilling equipment supported by underwater pontoons – was intercepted and taken over by the Colombian Navy and USCGC Valiant patrol vessel.
The Coast Guard initially unloaded about 450 kilos of cocaine from the vessel, leaving the rest in a ‘submarine’ because of the ship’s questionable stability. “There are no words to describe the feeling currently experienced by the Valiant crew,” said Commander Matthew Waldron.
In just 24 hours, the crew crossed the equator and intercepted a self-propelled semi-submersible loaded with illicit drugs. Both first and second accomplishments are a major career event for every crew member. But to see both happen is really amazing, “Waldron was delighted.
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