Texan authorities are claiming a big victory today after claiming that they have intercepted a ‘semi-submersible vessel’ (basically, a miniature submarine), which was attempting to ship in over $200 million worth of cocaine into America. The 12,800lbs – or 5 & 1/2 tons – of coke was stashed on the mini-sub by drug traffickers. Ones who are probably a little annoyed right about now.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents based out of Corpus Christi in Texas discovered the self-propelled, submersible boat earlier in March.
Since making their move, they’ve arrested four people who were on board ‘driving’ the thing and seized all of the drugs. The submarine later sank.
The Coast Guards are on a bit of a roll at the moment, it seems. They caught a similar boat carrying over 13,000 pounds of coke off the coast of an unnamed Central American country back in August, having previously intercepted a shipment of almost 45,000lbs before.
Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection crews seized more than 213,00lbs of cocaine being brought onto US soil.
This latest seizure comes just a couple of days after a flight attendant working for JetBlue abandoned more than seventy pounds of concealed cocaine at airport security, after being selected for a totally random pat-down and check. She has since handed herself over to relevant authorities.