The US Coast Guard on Thursday released a video that shows exactly how to intercept a fast-moving narco-submarine on the high seas, with more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine.
The event, of which a video was broadcast on July 11, took place on June 18 in the East Pacific Ocean. In the minute of the video, a member of the Coast Guard hears screaming after a semi-submersible vessel crosses the ocean – a vessel both semi-submarine and uncovered – and lurks. requires to stop.
Members of the guard then jump on the submarine-like boat, finally forcing the roof open to reveal the smugglers inside.
These ships are relatively rare. Their construction is expensive and the cartels must build them deep in the jungle to avoid detection. Once they took the drug and were deployed, Brickey said that they were almost impossible to detect without prior information or a plane.
"They mix," he said. "Most ships are under water, so it's hard to spot them, they're painted blue, they're water."
Even if the coastguard manages to catch the ship, they must be fast. Each ship is built with the ability to sink and destroy evidence in minutes, smugglers knowing that the Coast Guard will ensure that they do not drown, said Brickey. The smugglers could also be armed.
This is not easy, and the Coast Guard stops only about 11% of the ships transiting the East Pacific – an area that, according to Brickey, was about the size of the USSR. 39, all of the United States.
The Coast Guard, he said, is responsible for patrolling the area with the equivalent of two police cars.
Part of the problem is that 70% of the Coast Guard fleet is over 50 – so it's slow and requires a lot of maintenance before it can be deployed.
"They are not efficient enough to deal with this new threat," said Brickey.
The five people involved were sent to the DEA for prosecution
During the filmed incident, the coastguard was able to detect the ship using an aircraft that transmitted the information to the ground members. Once they had an idea of where the ship was, the guard launched two small boats to crawl on the smugglers and was finally able to board without being detected.
There were five people on board the ship, who were then sent back to the US Drug Enforcement Administration for prosecution.
This was the first time the Coast Guard had used a new type of ship on a drug enforcement patrol, and Brickey said the incident was a good example of what these new ships could do.
"This kind of capability on these ships is what will make our success in the future," he said.