The US Coast Guard has released video showing a dramatic, high-speed ocean chase that ended with the capture of a purpose-built semi-submersible allegedly carrying a large amount of cocaine.
The two team members are seen banging strongly on the hatch numerous times before one of the vessel's crew members opens it. Once they had an idea of where the vessel was, the guard launched two small boats to creep up on the smugglers, and were eventually able to board without detection.
Five individuals were on board the vessel, and the Coast Guard seized around 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $232 million, the spokesperson said. A Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron precision marksman used disabling-gunfire to stop the boat during a Coast Guard interdiction.
The U.S. government tries to keep illicit drugs from getting into the United States, and the crew of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro isn't playing around.
Vice President Mike Pence called the seizure of more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined $569 million by the U.S. Coast Guard "historic". These efforts saw cooperation from a number of U.S. agencies, including the departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security, but ultimately it's up to the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct the vehicle interdictions, searches, and seizures. The seizures occurred off the coasts of Mexico, Central America and South America.
"They're not really effective enough to meet this new threat", Brickey said.
The officers then open the hatch door where they apprehend a suspected drug smuggler inside and tell him to get down on the floor.