Coast Guard Nets $165 Million Worth of Cocaine

| September 26, 2019

A maritime patrol aircraft noticed a semi-submersible in international waters. A cutter was notified and sent to where the craft was located. The cutter ended up netting a large catch that included four suspected drug smugglers brought into the crew’s custody.

From the Navy Times:

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard says a cutter patrolling eastern parts of the Pacific Ocean seized a “narco” submarine carrying cocaine worth a street value of more than $165 million.

In a Tuesday news release, the agency says the crew captured the self-propelled semi-submersible in international waters earlier this month and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers.

The semi-submersible was detected and monitored by maritime patrol aircraft and the Coast Guard cutter’s crew was diverted by the Joint Interagency Task Force South to seize it.

They offloaded about 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms) of cocaine but the rest couldn’t be safely removed due to concerns about the vessel’s stability.

A total of about 12,000 pounds (5,400 kilograms) was eventually seized.

Cmdr. Matthew Waldron says in a 24-hour period the cutter crossed the equator and intercepted the sub.

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  1. Graybeard says:

    Too bad we cannot force the crew to eat a couple of pounds of the cocaine, then swim to shore… from 50 nautical miles out.

    Good job, Coasties.

  2. charles w says:

    Hunter Biden hardest hit.

  3. Helpful Medal says:

    If we still had Jeff Sessions as AG, we’d probably have the death penalty available for drug traffickers by now.

    Too bad this country is full of scumfuck druggie degenerates and that’s why we can’t stop the flow of drugs.

  4. SFC D says:

    See? Border walls DO work!

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    Good thing I already stocked up!
    I feel sorry for the paycheck-to-paycheck partiers.

  6. 2banana says:

    Why do I feel, somehow, German engineers were involved?

  7. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Kudos to the USCG once again, intercepting drug shipments when they’re not out there depriving Darwin!

  8. Skippy says:

    Holy crap my coke bill is going up

    BHWHAHAHAHA !!!!!!

  9. Have to wonder, purely speculative, how many of these craft are lost at see. Seems to be a risky design.

    • AW1Ed says:

      From what I’ve read, often the crew is voluntold with threats to family members. Nice folks, these narco-terrorists.

      • 11B-Mailclerk says:

        Auction off Letters of Reprisal and Letters of Marque. Or just give them out to anyone who looks promising and competent.

        Pay down the debt, and wreck the cartels.

        Won’t end them, but they will be hunted with almost no rules, thus tasting their own medicine. And if they escalate, just throw the flag called “war declaration” and let loose the dogs.

        All of the Dogs of War. Without much in the way of rules beyond “win”.

        If we are going to have a Prohibition, don’t play patty-cake. Make it a War in name as well as deed. Then stick in the bayonet.

        Or end it, and try a different method. But these half-assed “play nice” rules are doing nothing useful, long term. (Much as I cheer our Coasties doing their predictably outstanding job.)