The US Coast Guard released a video on Thursday that showed exactly how to capture a faster narco sub on the high seas – netting over 16,000 pounds of cocaine in the process.
The event, a video of which was released on July 11, took place on June 18 in the Pacific. In the minute-long video, a member of the coast guard is heard shouting at a semi-submersible ship that tore through the sea – a half-underwater and half-exposed ship – and demanded it end.
The guard then jumps on the submarine-like boat and eventually forces the top open to reveal the smugglers inside.
These ships are relatively rare. They are expensive to build, and cartels must build them deep in the jungle to avoid detection. When filled with drugs and deployed, Brickey said they are almost impossible to detect without prior intelligence or an airplane.
"They blend in," he said. "Most of the ship is underwater, so it's hard to choose. They are painted blue. They match the water."
Although the coastguard manages to catch the ship, they must be fast. Every ship is built with the ability to sink and destroy the evidence within minutes, with the smugglers knowing that the coast guard will make sure they don't drown, Brickey said. The smugglers can also be armed.
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The Coast Guard, he says, has the task of patrolling the area with corresponding two police cars.
And part of the problem is that 70 percent of the coast guard fleet is over 50 years – so they are slow and require a lot of maintenance before they can be utilized.
"They're not really effective enough to face this new threat," Brickey said.
The five persons concerned were sent to DEA for prosecution
In the filmed event, the Coast Guard could discover the ship with an aircraft that forwarded the information to the members on the ground. When they had an idea of where the ship was launching the guard two small boats to crawl up the smugglers and eventually could board without detection.
There were five people on the ship, who were then turned over by the US Drug Administration for prosecution.
The bust was the first time the coast guard used a new type of vessel on a counter-drug patrol and Brickey said that the event is a good example of what these new vessels can do. 19659002] "These types of capacity on these ships are what will make us successful in the future," he said.