US Coast Guard seize five tons of cocaine from submarine

Vastavam web: A homemade submarine carrying more than five tons of cocaine was intercepted in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America, the US Coast Guard said. The 39-foot-long (12 metre) vessel had previously been detected by maritime surveillance, according to a statement published Tuesday.

The Coast Guard boarded the self-propelled submersible on September 1 in international waters with the aid of the Colombian navy, the statement added. On board, the Coast Guard discovered about 5.4 tons of cocaine, with a market value of more than USD 165 million.

Four suspected drug smugglers were arrested during the operation. Along with planes and swift boats, South American drug cartels — particularly from Colombia — use somewhat rudimentary submarines to transport drugs to Mexico and on to the United States.