A submarine carrying about 5.5 tons of cocaine worth $194 million was nearly captured in by US authorities, but it sank before they could haul it in, Vice reports.
Agents from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had been tracking the boat for three weeks and located it somewhere in the eastern Pacific Ocean before attempting to make the seizure.
Four suspects inside the sub were arrested, but the boat sank after it became unstable during the operation. Despite this, authorities are calling the operation a success.
“This type of cooperation and teamwork produces these kinds of results where suspects are arrested and narcotics prevented from reaching US shores,” said John Wassong, director of the National Air Security Operations Center at Corpus Christi. “Our crews will take every opportunity to disrupt this type of transnational criminal activity.”
A similar incident happened last year when the US Coast Guard attempted to haul in a narco sub 200 miles south of Mexico that was carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine. They confiscated 12,000 pounds of the coke before the sub sank. They captured footage of the incident, which was the largest narco sub seizure recorded.