Coast Guard Takes Down Drug Smugglers Near San Diego

first published on January 9, 2016 by

The US Coast Guard intercepts a drug smuggling boat with over 50 bales of marijuana just 90 miles southwest of San Diego, California.

On June 8th, 2013 a US Coast Guard plane patrolling the waters near San Diego, California spotted what appeared to be a suspicious fishing boat. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45 foot interceptor to investigate the suspicious panga. As the interceptor came close to the boat, it tried to flee. The Coast Guard gave chase, and after multiple warning shots were delivered, they gave the call to disable the boat and detain the crew.

Once on board the ‘fishing’ vessel, the Coast Guardsmen found over 50 bales of marijuana that were being smuggled into the United States from South America. When the pursuit started, the panga boat was 90 miles southwest of San Diego. The chase lasted for close to 400 miles, and reached speeds up to 40 miles per hour before the Coast Guard was able to bring the smugglers ship to a halt with disabling shots to the engines.

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This footage is only one example of drug interdiction operations happening off of the coast of California. It is estimated that in 2013 alone, before the summers end, the US Coast Guard interdicted over 60,000 pounds of smuggled marijuana.

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