The US Coast Guard. At the end of October, a semi-submersible smuggling ship carrying more than 2,200 kilos of cocaine was intercepted in international waters of the eastern Pacific, the value of which amounts to about $ 69 million, the agency said in a statement issued Thursday.
A maritime patrol plane from the region alerted the members of the US Coast Guard about the presence of a narcotic-loaded ship, several boats were deployed and the alleged smuggling ship was held just before midnight on October 23. Agents were able to take control of the vessel before their four crew members could sink the ship using slide valves.
“I am really proud of our team and the precision and professionalism with which they carried out this interception,” said Commander Doroty Hernaez, who thanked all the bodies and members who participated in this mission to curb drug smuggling.
The US Coast Guard and its allies have increased their presence in the eastern Pacific Ocean and in the Caribbean basin, an area frequented by drug trafficking, a practice that, they say, “threatens security and prosperity at national, regional and international levels”.