NEW YORK POST – The US Coast Guard intercepted a makeshift submarine boat off the coast of Central America — seizing a mountainous $181 million worth of cocaine in what the agency says is its largest drug seizure ever.
California’s Coast Guard Cutter Stratton sailed up to the craft on July 18 after getting a call from a US Navy pilot who spotted the vessel about 200 miles south of Mexico.
The 40-foot-long makeshift boats are a popular form of transportation used by Colombian drug smugglers.
In dramatic video posted online Friday, the Coast Guard members are seen boarding the submarine and immediately placing four smugglers under arrest — after pulling them one by one out of a hatch.
Some of the officers then climb down into the submarine and discover 12,000 pounds of coke in large bales.