A thrilling raid straight out of an action video game has unfolded in the Pacific Ocean when US Coast Guard intercepted a narco-sub and a group of commandos boarded the moving vessel to seize millions of dollars' worth of drugs.
The cutter then launched a helicopter beyond the line of sight of the submersible, and directed the two smaller boats to its location.
The Coast Guard said "purpose-build smuggling vessels like SPSSs are created to hold large quantities of contraband while evading detection by law enforcement authorities".
He said self-propelled semi-submersible vessels are sometimes used by traffickers to smuggle drugs in the open sea. Once they're filled with drugs and deployed, Brickey said they're nearly impossible to detect without prior intelligence or an aircraft.
The video shows a Coast Guard member in military fatigues jumping onto the roof of the submarine and banging on the hatch, demanding it be opened.
When they hear no response, the boat appears to ram into the submarine and two coast guards jump on top of it.
"Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime", the Coast Guard statement explains. Stephen Brickey told ABC News.
The statement adds that the crew of the Munro was slated to "offload more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million" at an event in San Diego on Thursday. Coast Guard patrols may encounter a narco sub about once a year. In the video from June 18, members of the team are seen pounding on the hatch until one of the suspected smugglers emerges with his hands up.