US Coast Guard offloads $569 million worth of cocaine and marijuana seized in international waters
More than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were seized in 14 separate interventions.
The US Coast Guard offloaded $569 million worth of cocaine and marijuana in San Diego on Thursday, the result of 14 separate suspected drug smuggling interventions in international waters between May and July.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined estimated $569 million (approximately €505.4 million), seized during 14 vessel interdictions and disruptions off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America by three Coast Guard cutters.
The US Coast Guard also released footage of one of the seizures, which took place on 18 June, when crew members boarded a self-propelled semi-submersible suspected drug smuggling vessel (SPSS) carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine.
A crew member can be heard shouting at the vessel and demanding it come to a halt, before crew members jump on board the vessel and forcing the top open to reveal the smugglers inside.