A Jacksonville-based Coast Guard crew intercepted a narco-submarine carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $165 million, and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific. 

The agency said in a news release that earlier this month, crews patrolling in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South American came across a 40-foot submarine and officials got onboard. They found inside more than 12,000 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were to be offloaded Friday morning.

“There are no words to describe the feeling Valiant crew is experiencing right now,” said Cmdr. Matthew Waldron, Valiant’s commanding officer.

After the boarding, the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team subsequently led and conducted a full law enforcement boarding with the help of Colombian Naval assets that arrived on scene shortly after.

“The joint boarding successfully stopped a drug smuggling vessel and also strengthened international relations and communications between the two partner nations, a news release from the Coast Guard said.

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