US authorities seize a 'narco submarine' filled with 8 tons of cocaine

Narco submarineUS Customs and Border Patrol/Amanda Macias/Business InsiderUS authorities gained control of a ‘narco submarine’ filled with 8 tons of cocaine.

In a joint operation, the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and assets from the Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine, intercepted a “narco-submarine” filled with more than 16,870 pounds of cocaine off the coast of El Salvador.

On July 18, a Coast Guard cutter commandeered a self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel carrying 274 bales of cocaine weighing more than eight tons, according to a press release from US Customs and Border Patrol.

The four individuals found with the illicit contraband were detained by US authorities.

Similar to a submarine, “narco-subs” are custom-built vessels used by traffickers to move large amounts of drugs. The first narco sub was detected in 1993 and was built from wood and fibreglass, could not submerge, and could only travel at 10 miles per hour.

Narco submarineUS Customs and Border PatrolUS authorities sit on a ‘narco submarine’ found off the coast of El Salvador.

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