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Drug runners nabbed with cocaine in semisubmersible

The U.S. Coast Guard seized a self-propelled semisubmersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on July 18.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., apprehended four suspected smugglers and seized 275 bales of cocaine worth more than $181 million wholesale from the self-propelled semisubmersible.

A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft detected the 40-foot semi-submersible vessel more than 200-miles south of Mexico.

“Our success intercepting this drug-laden, self-propelled semi-submersible is a testament to the collaboration of our partner agencies, and demonstrates the importance of our increased presence in the Western Hemisphere,” said Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray, commander, Pacific Area. “Every interception of these semi-submersibles disrupts transnational organized crime networks and helps increase security and stability in the Western Hemisphere.”

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