The U.S. Coast Guard has intercepted the submarine manned by drug traffickers which was carrying a massive 12,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of around $165 million, according to a press release published on the U.S. Coast Guard website earlier today. The Coast Guard cutter Valiant caught up to the Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible (SPSS) while on a routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, taking its crew of people into custody in the process.
A Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) originally detected the vessel, tracking it for a while before the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) diverted the Valiant's crew for the intercept operation. The shipment of cocaine was so large that not all of it could be offloaded onto the Valiant as it may have caused the vessel to become unstable. The Valiant took on around 1,100 pounds of the shipment.
The interception was conducted by two separate teams launched on a pair of boats from the Valiant, with team members comprised of Valiant crew and two individuals from the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team. Colombian Naval assets arrived on the scene to assist shortly after the interception happened in the small hours of the morning, helping with the subsequent boarding and law enforcement procedures. According to the press release, the joint operation was healthy for both the communication the international relations of the two nations involved in the bust.