A self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel that was smuggling greater than three,800 kilos of cocaine was intercepted by a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, off the coast of Texas, in line with a press release launched on December eight, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Self-propelled, semi-submersible vessels are low-profile vessels designed to navigate low within the water to keep away from detection.
However, on November 13, a CBP and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crew, in coordination with interagency companions, pursued a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel engaged in cocaine smuggling.
CBP and AMO apprehended the three-person crew throughout joint operations in worldwide waters. All three suspects will face costs within the U.S.
Allen Durham, the National Air Security Operations Center Corpus Christi Director, stated in a press release that drug cartels are “relentless and extremely innovative” and that “interdicting self-propelled, semi-submersible vessels requires expertise and the right aircraft.”
“Air and Marine Operations will continue to beat the cartels at their own game to protect our borders,” Durham added.
The multi-day operation from surveillance to interception, based on CBP, concerned a number of interagency sea-faring companions together with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy.
Marine Operations controls maritime patrol aircrafts from Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida. They conduct long-range aerial patrols and surveillance missions alongside the U.S. borders and in drug transit zones in Central and South America, in response to CBP. The aircrews are educated to detect and disrupt drug smugglers earlier than they attain the U.S. borders