Coast Guardsman stops ‘narco-submarine’ full of cocaine

A semi-submersible in the Pacific waters was tracked by a Coast Guard surveillance aircraft and later captured by the Cost Guard.

These submersible vessels are rarely spotted, and for years they were dubbed “Bigfoot,” a rumor and a legend.

But on June 18, a narco-submarine was spotted hundreds of miles off the Colombian and Ecuadoran coast in waters patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro. The ship deployed a boarding team on two small boats with a helicopter watching overhead. The 40-foot narco-sub was transporting more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $232 million, said Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey, a spokesman for U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.


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