The US Coast Guard intercepted a 1200-pound submarine of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean, more than half a ton. The value of the drug recovered by the US authorities is around $ 165 million. To identify the submarine was an airplane that patrolled the sky in routine. The sighting took place last 5 September: it then took several days before two boats were sent on an expedition to find the submarine that was stopped on the night between 24 and 25 September.
Certainly no one expected to find a boat full of cocaine, run by four men, who ended up clearly in handcuffs. It was the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, along with members of the Pacific Coast Guard's Tactical Law Enforcement Team, who attacked the submarine to recover 1100 pounds of cocaine ready to be cut and sold. The last one hundred pounds were considered irrecoverable given the precarious conditions of the boat.
Coast Guard Commander Matthew Kroll, in an interview with ABC News declares, in addition to the satisfaction for the decisive intervention of his men, that this operation is part of the battle against the big drug cartels that have been traced in the United States: “La Most of the ships we stop are coming out of South America and are trying to reach southern Mexico or Central America, via the eastern Pacific sea routes. Here's how we commit most of our resources, the United States is also collaborating with other countries and other agencies to stop those transit areas ".
A position, that of the Coast Guard, which has now become strategic in the battle to sell off drugs that spread from South America all over the world. The Seneca ship retrieved 12 tons of cocaine off Miami on September 20, two other Coast Guard ships, Tahoma and Midgett, are responsible for the seizure of over 9 tons of drugs earlier this month.