The U.S. Coast Guard raided a submarine speeding through the eastern Pacific Ocean moving more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine — and released a video Thursday to prove it.
On June 18, a Coast Guard surveillance aircraft tracked the drug-filled narco-sub hundreds of miles off the Colombian and Ecuadoran coastline watched by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro.
The video shows a member of the Coast Guard riding on top of the speeding sub, pounding on the hatch and demanded it come to a stop. Then, three other guardsmen jumped ship and boarded the 40-foot sub while one pounded on the hatch with his fist.
The video ends with a presumed trafficker emerging from the narco-sub, putting his hands up in surrender. Five alleged smugglers were seized aboard the vessel, and were handed over for prosecution by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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Colombian police have just made the countries biggest ever cocaine bust.
They managed to seize 12 tonnes of cocaine, which was hidden under four farms in the north-west region of the country. To put that into perspective how huge this bust is, that’s the same weight as two adult elephants and more than any seizure from notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
The haul is believed to be around 11 million grams when broken down, having a street value of a gargantuan £502 million.
According to the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, Columbia is one of the world’s leading producers of cocaine, producing over 800 tonnes per year.
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An investigation has found that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration repeatedly lied to Congress about a series of fatal incidents in Honduras in 2012, including the shooting of four civilians in the central American country.
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