U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize USD 107 Million Worth of Cocaine

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: americas Working with the Colombian Navy and Air Force, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard forces aboard USS Ingraham (FFG 61) captured a semi-submersible vessel packed with $107 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific in May. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Cocaine Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize USD 107 Million Worth of Cocaine June 12, 2014 The seizure of such a vessel – classified as a Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible – is a significant feat for U.S. and multinational forces that conduct year-round counter illicit trafficking operations in the waters off Latin America and the Caribbean.When the semi-submersible was tracked by Ingraham and visually located by its SH-60B Seahawk helicopter and rigid-hulled inflatable boat, the suspected traffickers punctured their hull in an attempt to scuttle the craft.A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from Ingraham boarded the semi-submersible, detained the crew and gained control of the sinking vessel. Ingraham then quickly arrived on the scene and brought the semi-submersible alongside the ship. As the Colombian navy worked to tow the vessel into port, Sailors from Ingraham worked to pump water out of the slowly sinking semi-submersible and kept the vessel afloat long enough to retrieve the contraband loaded inside.The Coast Guard said the semi-submersible was transporting about 2,380 kilograms of cocaine worth $107 million. Three suspects who crewed the semi-submersible were taken into custody.The semi-submersible and cocaine seizure was part of Operation Martillo, a multinational effort targeting illicit traffickers and the movement of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash, and weapons in Central American waters.Units involved from Ingraham include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. Ingraham is homeported in Everett, Washington.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: worth View post tag: U.S. Navy View post tag: USD U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Seize USD 107 Million Worth of Cocaine View post tag: million View post tag: $107 View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: USS Ingraham View post tag: Seize View post tag: Martillolast_img read more