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U.S. Coast Guard seizes 2 tons of cocaine off the coast of Mexico

October 29, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Coast Guard seizes 2 tons of cocaine off the coast of Mexico

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The U.S. Coast Guard displayed a 2-ton haul of cocaine seized from sea traffickers on Thursday – establishing a record for the agency with $5.6 billion of the drug intercepted in the last year.

They also described the increasingly daring and sophisticated methods they are using by revealing that they caught the drug smugglers using a submarine to cross their illegal load into the U.S.

The vessel, which they described as a “self-propelled semisubmersible” or SPSS was stopped on September 6th in the Pacific Ocean by the U.S. Coast Guard ship, Waesche.

The U.S. Coast Guard arrested five suspects, along with 5,600 pounds of cocaine, which had an estimated street value of $73 million.

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During a briefing aboard the docked cutter Waesche at Naval Base San Diego on Thursday, officials said more than 39,000 pounds of the drug was recovered

This is the sixth SPSS vessel officials have encountered so far in 2016. The vessels are produced with a mostly submerged hull, while the crew works on a cockpit and exhaust pipe above the water line.

During a briefing aboard Waesche at a Naval Base in San Diego, officials indicated that over 39,000 pounds of the drug had recently been seized, ABC10 reported.

Over the past year, officials revealed that around 416,000 pounds – or more than 200 tons – of cocaine had been recovered off the coast of Central and South America.

The agency’s personnel also apprehended 585 suspected drug smugglers between October 1st, 2015, and September 30th, 2016 – which set another record.

The US Coast Guard showed off a 20 ton haul of cocaine confiscated from sea traffickers on Thursday – setting a record for the agency with $5.6billion of the drug intercepted over 12 months

The US Coast Guard showed off a 20-ton haul of cocaine confiscated from sea traffickers on Thursday – setting a record for the agency with $5.6billion of the drug intercepted over 12 months

According to officials with the Coast Guard, around 5,600 pounds of the recent haul was intercepted off the coast of Central America on September 6th from an SPSS.

Five smugglers were apprehended, despite their efforts to sink it when authorities approached.

The vessel is designed for illicit trafficking because its low profile makes it hard to identify.

“With every interdiction, we learn more about transnational organized crime networks that generate profit and proliferate power from a laundry list of illicit activities,” stated Vice Adm. Fred Midgette.

Coast Guard officials also said that around 5,600 pounds of the recent haul was intercepted off the coast of Central America on September 6 from a self-propelled semisubmersible (above, Coast Guardsmen dewater a drug smuggling vessel)

Coast Guard officials revealed the 5,600 pounds of the recent haul was intercepted off the coast of Central America on September 6 from a self-propelled semisubmersible (above, Coast Guardsmen dewater a drug smuggling vessel)

“Coast Guard men and women not only keep drugs off U.S. streets, but they combat the influence of these criminal networks that spread violence and instability throughout the Western Hemisphere,” he added.

Captain James Passarelli, the commanding officer of the Waesche, revealed that the Coast Guard “face significant risks posed by dangerous criminal organizations.”

He continued: “Our crew preserved valuable evidence and kept millions of dollars of illicit narcotics off America’s streets.”

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