Coast Guard releases video of dramatic smuggling bust at sea

A U.S. Coast Guard crew turned over 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana in San Diego on Thursday

A U.S. Coast Guard crew turned over 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana in San Diego on Thursday

The Cutter Munro's efforts form part of a U.S. push to combat drug trafficking out of South and Central America.

It's a video you really have to see to believe.

Crew members onboard one of the vessels can be heard shouting at those inside the submersible as it approaches.

As one boat nears the 12-metre vessel, a guardsman, dressed in a military uniform, pounced onto the sub as waves crash against the hull.

Fifty-five smuggling suspects were taken into custody.

The Coast Guard intercepted 14 vessels, including homemade submarines, of 18 tons of cocaine and marijuana valued at more than $569 million.

He said this particular semi-submersible - the vessel can not fully dive like a submarine - was sunk by the Coast Guard, with the alleged smugglers taken away to be prosecuted.

"Our administration are determined to SECURE our border!" he later Tweeted.

This particular semi-submersible - a ship partially submerged that can not fully dive like a submarine - was sunk by the Coast Guard, Brickey said.

Each of the accused will be prosecuted in their home countries. In 2009, The Washington Post reported that more than a third of Colombian cocaine that ultimately arrived in the USA was smuggled into submersibles bound for Central America and Mexico.

The use of semi-submersible vessels for drug smuggling is rare, as they are costly to build, according to the Coast Guard.

The drugs were unloaded on Thursday in San Diego, where Vice President Mike Pence was there to welcome the U.S. Coast Guard's team members.

Drug submarines are not only increasing in number but also improving in their abilities to elude the USA led drug interception efforts.

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