A drug smuggling submarine headed towards the U.S. was apprehended by the Coast Guard in a dramatic scene caught on camera.
The vessel was carrying 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana–the street value of the drugs is $569 million.
During a ceremony onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro in San Diego yesterday, Vice President Pence praised the guardsmen and said, “Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives. You truly are gallantry in action. Let’s hear it for the men and women of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro. Job well done.”
Pence also stressed the importance of their work to American communities.
“What you seize and put on these decks to be offloaded is prevented from tearing apart lives and communities. The transnational criminal organization and the cartels that fund their deadly trade represent one of the greatest national security and public health threats to the American people,” he said.
President Trump tweeted about the seizure yesterday, writing “Do you believe this kind of bravery? Amazing drug seizure. WATCH!”
Do you believe this kind of bravery? Amazing drug seizure. WATCH! https://t.co/M1KKBFic4A
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019