$165 million of blow found on 1 semi- submersible sub
note fron canadiana:I thought it was the same story as on mainboard a few days ago but this is from a different US coastguard cutter called Valiant the other was Seneca (but maybe this cutter and the other 1 is part of that 3 month haul) but this story is about 1 bust of 12,000 lbs. of cocaine.
Submarine carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine worth $165M seized by Coast Guard
Crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Valiant launched two smaller boats that boarded the drug-carrying vessel and captured four suspected smugglers in the eastern Pacific on Sept. 5, officials said.
The capture came with the "assistance of Colombian Naval assets that arrived on scene shortly after," according to the Coast Guard statement. A Coast Guard spokesman declined to reveal any more specific details about where the operation took place.
“In a 24-hour period, the crew both crossed the equator and intercepted a drug-laden self-propelled semi-submersible vessel. Each in and of themselves is momentous events in any cutterman's career. Taken together, however, it is truly remarkably unprecedented. This interdiction was an all-hands-on-deck evolution, and each crew member performed above and beyond the call of duty."
The four captured men — Enrique Mantilla-Olaya, Fausto Hurtado-Candelo, Wiber Tenorio-Rodriguez and Fernando Tribino-MIna — are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa. They've each been indicted with two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
It was not immediately clear from which country the submarine originated.
Lawyers for all four defendants did not immediately return messages seeking their comments on Tuesday.
Watch: U.S. Coast Guard crew leaps onto drug smuggling vessel
water next to the ocean: Video shows a U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepting a drug smuggling boat in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The boat was holding 17,000 pounds of cocaine.
In June, the Coast Guard seized another narco-sub in the eastern Pacific with 17,000 pounds of cocaine in a daring capture caught on video.
That bust was one of 14 drug-smuggling vessels intercepted off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by three Coast Guard cutters between May and July.