The US Coast Guard released video on Thursday by officials who jumped on a submarine carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine as part of a month-long $ 567 million cocaine brush.
A member of the US Coast Guard Cutter Munro can be seen in video screaming at an unidentified water vehicle to stop when it moves alongside the cutter at the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Crew members then jump on top of the most submerged vessel as it moves and swaps the opening.
A person inside the vessel can be seen briefly just as the door opens at the end of the minute lunar film.
Self-propelled submersible vessels, often called "narco-subs", are sometimes used by cartels and smugglers to smuggle drugs across borders.
The activity that occurred on June 18, was one of 14 drug-smuggling vessels intercepting off Mexico, Central and South America's coastline of three coast guard cutters between May and July this year. A total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were seized at that time for an estimated $ 569 million, according to a press release on Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence was there as Coast Guard members unloaded the seizure drugs in San Diego on Thursday. The operation will lead to prosecution of 55 alleged smugglers, according to Pence.
"Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your brave service saves American lives," Pence told officials on Thursday.
Some of the 55 suspected drug smugglers will be transferred to federal authorities while others will be given to international authorities to be prosecuted in their home countries, the Coast Guard said.
The June attack was part of Coast Guard Cutter Munro's first drug patrol since it was ordered two years ago. The new ship is one of six state-of-the-art cutters for the Coast Guard's fleet in recent years and another two have arrived in Hawaii, said the military branch to NBC News.
About 70 percent of the coast guard fleet consists of medium-sized cutters, which are about 50 years old and require expensive maintenance.