- US Customs and Border Patrol and US Coast Guard joined forces to track and stop the vessel between November 12-13
- Three crew members suspected of trying to smuggle the narcotics have been arrested
- Self-propelled semi-submersible vessels are low profile vessels designed to navigate low in the water to avoid detection
A US Coast Guard cutter has intercepted a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel trying to smuggle 3,800lbs of cocaine near Texas.
According to a press release from the US Customs and Border Protection, the incident began unfolding on November 12, when a CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crew aboard a P-3 Long Range Tracker aircraft tracked the vessel in international waters,
Self-propelled semi-submersible vessels are low profile vessels designed to navigate low in the water to avoid detection.
Busted: A US Coast Guard cutter last month intercepted this self-propelled semi-submersible vessel laden with 3,800lbs of cocaine
Three crew members on board the vessel trying to smuggle drugs into the US have been arrested
The following day, the Coast Guard cutter intercepted the vessel, arrested the crew and confiscated more than 3,800lbs of cocaine. The three suspected smugglers are now facing charges in the US.
‘The drug cartels are relentless and extremely innovative,’ said National Air Security Operations Center – Corpus Christi Director Allen Durham. ‘Interdicting self-propelled semi-submersible vessels requires expertise and the right aircraft. Air and Marine Operations will continue to beat the cartels at their own game to protect our borders.’
The operation involved several interagency partners including the Coast Guard and the US Navy.
AMO operates maritime patrol aircraft from Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, to conduct long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions along the US borders and in drug transit zones in Central and South America.
P-3 aircrews detect, monitor, and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.