High seas takedown of suspected drug smugglers

A U.S. Coast Guard crew turned over 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana in San Diego on Thursday.
1:39 | 07/11/19

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And we turn now to the high speed chase on the high seas. The U.S. Coast guard and dramatic video tonight as they approach what they believe was a narco-submarine. You can hear the coast guard there ordering them to stop. Tonight, the major discovery inside, and tonight, here's ABC's Pierre Thomas. Reporter: What you're looking at is a coast guard interdiction team in hot pursuit of suspected drug smugglers. A crew member screaming in Spanish, "Stop the boat." That boat on the run, a submarine like vessel called a semi-submersible, designed to keep a low profile. It had been spotted by a marine patrol aircraft hundreds of miles off the coast of ecuadorian/colombian border in the eastern pacific. This is going to be hard to get on! Reporter: Finally, pulling alongside. A member of the team dressed in tactical gear boards the vessel. Then pounding on the hatch. Demanding that the smugglers Su surrender. Inside, the coast guard discovers five suspects and in excess of 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $232 million. Reporter: David, cocaine making a cocaine in popularity, the same week cocaine was confiscated in June, U.S. Authorities discovered this ship in the atlantic, recovering more than a billion dollars of cocaine. And David, cocaine-related deaths have more than doubled in will cent years. 10,000 fatality poisoned in 2016 alone. Pierre Thomas, thank you.

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