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Biggest Drug Bust Made by Coast Guard

boutwell-crew-forms-up-with-contraband-600x300In one of the biggest drug busts made by the Coast Guard, a coast guard crew nabbed a submarine off the coast of California carrying around 271 bales of cocaine. A US coast guard crew from Alameda, California identified a suspicious vehicle in the waters between California and Mexico. The vehicle was a semi submersible sea faring machine, which is one of the vehicles typically used to smuggle contraband into the US.

coast guardThe US Maritime crew nabbed four smugglers on board along with around 271 bales of cocaine worth $181 million. This is one of the most successful drug busts made by US Coast Guard. Officials removed the cocaine from the vessel and towed it to shore. The vehicle quickly capsized without the balance of the load.

Vice Admiral, Charles W.Ray, quoted that the bust justifies the presence and requirement for additional patrol along these waters. Around 80 percent of drugs get into the US through maritime routes. Vice Admiral, Charles, head of this bust, said that such busts break the network of international contraband smuggling and help to keep these waters safe from anti-national elements. The US Coast Guard has nabbed around 33,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $500 million in these waters since May, 2015. And this is the 25th submarine to be caught in these waters since last year.