Coast Guard Seizes Six Tons Of Coke Off Panama Coast [VIDEO]

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The U.S. Coast Guard got a hold of over six tons of cocaine from a makeshift submarine off Panama’s Pacific Coast March 3, according to footage published by the Coast Guard Monday.

Crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf approached the self-propelled semi-submersible vessel in smaller watercraft, surrounding the drug smugglers.

The crew then communicated with the drug traffickers, prompting two drug smugglers to raise their hands, signaling their surrender. Coast Guard officers then approached the hull of the submarine from which another two smugglers emerged and were taken into custody.

The Coast Guard was alerted to the presence of the quasi-submarine by a Customs and Border Protection plane. The coke on board is worth over $200 million, according to the Associated Press.


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