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DRAMATIC VIDEO: Coast Guard Chases down self-propelled drug sub

PortandTerminal.com, July 11, 2019

Let’s give it up for the United States Coast Guard and the servicemen and women who chased down the self-propelled drug smuggling sub in the video above. Respect.

The dramtic video above shows crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) chase down and board a self-propelled semi-submersible suspected of smuggling drugs.

According to the Coast Guard, the incident took place June 18, 2019, while operating in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Purpose-built vessels such as this are designed to hold large quantities of contraband while evading detection by law enforcement authorities.

Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro board the suspected drug smuggling sub

Other drug smuggling subs

Drug smugglers construct subs of up to 100 feet in length, typically made of wood, fibreglass, and Kevlar to avoid radar detection, and capable of carrying as much as eight tons of cargo. Filled with cocaine, that’s a street value of nearly $200 million. The subs themselves can cost $2 million to build and often feature snorkels, radar, and air-conditioned sleeping quarters for at least a captain, navigator, and a guard. 

Here are two examples of drug subs that have been captured in the past;

Choco, Panama, July 2017. Although prototypes were found in the mid-1990s, the first drug-carrying sub wasn’t captured until 2006. Models have ranged from sealed and covered go-fast boats to fully functional submarines.

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in February 2018, Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, estimated that the U.S. intercepts only 25 percent of the drug subs coming to the U.S.

Cartagena, Colombia, October 2014

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