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Friday, August 07, 2015

Coast Guard crew seizes submarine carrying 8 tons of cocaine

USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752)A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Alameda, California stopped a semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean last month -- the largest bust of its kind in Coast Guard history.

CBS San Francisco reports that on July 18, the crew apprehended four suspected smugglers and captured 275 bales of cocaine worth more than $181 million wholesale from the self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel, a low-riding vessel often used to smuggle massive quantities of narcotics across the ocean nearly undetected.

But not this time. The U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft found the 40-foot "narco-submarine" more than 200 miles south of Mexico.

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