Posted on September 25, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter, VALIANT intercepted a drug-carrying submersible while on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific.
During a patrol mission in the Pacific, the Valiant managed to locate and intercept a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in international waters.
The SPSS craft was first discovered by a maritime patrol aircraft; after the initial detection, the Valiant was dispatched by the Joint Interagency Task Force to interdict the submersible vessel.
The cutter approached the area shortly after sunset and launched two small boats carrying boarding teams to intercept and board the submersible.
They managed to board the vessel during the early morning hours and carried out a full search, assisted by Colombian naval assets who had arrived later on the scene.
The boarding party located over 12,000 pounds worth of cocaine, with an estimated value of over $165 million.
In total, the USCG forces managed to safely confiscate over 1,100 pounds of cocaine in the vessel which were then successfully recovered and offloaded to the Valiant.
The remaining bags of cocaine could not be safely extracted due to stability concerns that were affecting the submersible.