Watch the US Coast Guard board a narco-sub carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine

Posted Friday, 12 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Talk about a high stakes intervention. The US Coast Guard released a video on Thursday that showed exactly how one might intercept a fast-moving 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 East Pacific Ocean. In the minute-long video, a member of the Coast Guard is heard yelling at a semi-submersible vessel tearing through the ocean -- a half underwater and half exposed vessel -- and demanding it stop. Members of the guard then jump on the submarine-like boat, eventually forcing the top open to reveal the smugglers inside.The Coast Guard only catches 11 percent of drug-filled semi-submersible vessels In the last four years, there's been an increase in drug cartels from Central and South America using these semi-submersible vessels, Lt. Commander Stephen Brickey told CNN.These vessels are relatively rare. They're expensive to build, and cartels have to build them deep in jungles to avoid detection. Once they're filled with drugs and deployed, Brickey said they're almost impossible to detect without prior intelligence or an aircraft."They blend in," he said. "Most of the vessel is underwater, so it's hard to pick out. They're painted blue. They match the water."Even if the Coast Guard does manage to catch the vessel, they have to be quick. Every vessel 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 could also be armed.It's not easy, and the Coast Guard only stops an estimated 11 percent of the vessels that pass through the East Pacific -- an area Brickey said was about the size of the entire US. The Coast Guard, he said say, is tasked with patrolling the area with the equivalent of two police cars. And a part of of the problem is that 70 percent of Coast Guard's fleet is over 50 years old -- so they're slow and require a lot of maintenance before they can be deployed. "They're not really effective enough to meet this new threat," Brickey said. The five people involved were sent to the DEA for prosecutionIn the filmed incident, the Coast Guard was able to detect the vessel with an aircraft, who relayed the information to members on the ground. Once they had an idea of where the vessel was, the guard launched two small boats to creep up on the smugglers, and were eventually able to board without detection.There were five people on the vessel, who were then turned over the US Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.The bust was the first time the Coast Guard used a new type of ship on a counter-drug patrol, and Brickey said the incident is a great example of what these new ships can do."These sorts of capabilities on these ships is what will make us successful in the future," he said.

Other articles published by CNN

Posted Sunday, 21 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)In the trailer for the upcoming CBS All Access series "Star Trek: Picard," the titular captain is facing a new final frontier—retirement. Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard is older, brooding and grounded on land in the clip unveiled Saturday at...

Posted Sunday, 21 July 2019 ‐ CNN

New York (CNN Business)"Avengers: Endgame," the Disney (DIS) and Marvel blockbuster, will move past "Avatar" on the list of all-time highest grossing films on Sunday in its 13th weekend of release, Disney reported Saturday night."Avatar," James Cameron's ...

Posted Sunday, 21 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Alas, the wait is over! Willow's self-titled album is finally here -- and no, she's not whipping her hair back and forth.The alternative R&B singer dropped her new album "WILLOW" on Friday, just weeks after her brother Jaden released his own,...

Posted Sunday, 21 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)The Wyoming Valley West School District in Pennsylvania sent out hundreds of letters this week telling parents who had lunch debt to pay or their children could go into foster care. The letter, which was reviewed by CNN, told parents that there have ...

Posted Sunday, 21 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Morgan Jones was close to starving. It was 1660 and he and his boat crew had been stranded at Oyster Point, in modern-day South Carolina, for almost eight months, running low on food with no hope of rescue. Eventually, Jones and five others set out...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Justin Bieber supports President Donald Trump's decision to help rapper A$AP Rocky, who is currently in the custody of Swedish police. But the "What Do You Mean" singer thinks others could benefit from the president's attention, too. Bieber said on...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)In the latest turn of the revolving door between the Trump administration and the president's favorite television network, Raj Shah, formerly the White House's principal deputy press secretary, has taken a new job at Fox Corp.Shah is now a senior...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

London (CNN)British Airways announced Saturday that flights to Cairo were being canceled for seven days as tensions escalated over Iran's seizure of a British tanker.The flights were canceled "as a precaution to allow for further assessment," the UK...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)It's dangerously hot across much of the country this weekend -- so hot, in fact, that police in Braintree, Massachusetts, are imploring would-be criminals to hold off on illegal activity until Monday.The Braintree Police Department asked the...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)While the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Saturday, Sotheby's auctioned off three original NASA videotapes of the event for a whopping $1.82 million.That's more than 8,000 times what then-NASA intern Gary George...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)A Baltimore deputy police commissioner was robbed at gunpoint, the police department said Saturday. Deputy Commissioner Daniel Murphy and his wife were walking Friday night near Patterson Park when a white SUV with four people in it approached them, ...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)Most excellent, Keanu Reeves fans: the affable actor heard your prayers, and he answered with a "breathtaking" act of kindness. His latest good deed to go viral occurred in Slidell, Louisiana, on Wednesday, when he stopped in on a fan on his way to...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

Shanlon Wu is a former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst. He served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno. Follow him @shanlonwu. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)What can we expect...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

Washington (CNN)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday slammed President Donald Trump's policies on immigration in her latest argument against the President's handling of the situation at the southern border, saying that his signature agenda is...

Posted Saturday, 20 July 2019 ‐ CNN

(CNN)A powerful derecho storm moved through the Upper Midwest on Friday night, gathering up 73 damaging wind reports, according to the National Weather Service, and the same area remained under threat of more severe weather Saturday.More than 100...