The U.S. Coast Guard vessel swiftly approaches from the other side with two officers dressed in camouflage gear leaping onto the top of it from their boat.
The US Coast Guard Cutter Munro can be seen engaged in a fast-paced pursuit of a semi-submersible vessel.
55 smuggling suspects were arrested over 14 operations conducted in worldwide waters off Mexico, Central and South America. "Our investigative work tries to help the Coast Guard hone in, so they can find that needle in the haystack, like they did", Spicer said.
US Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew members can be seen in helmet-cam footage chasing down a "self-propelled semi-submersible" (SPSS) smuggling vessel at high speed in worldwide waters in the Pacific Ocean. The combined estimate for the drugs seized is $569 million.
"And while we may not know how many lives were saved here today by this offload, this crew and the crews involved in these interdictions should be proud of what they've achieved", she said.
"We are committed to fully funding our Coast Guard and replacing old ships with new ones, just like the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro". After a brief chase, the Coast Guard boat pulls up alongside the semi-submersible submarine and members again demand that it stop. It's there where Immigration and Customs Enforcement has taken some heat from many in Washington for what they are calling bad conditions at ICE detention centers were immigrants are being held while asylum requests are processed. After the suspected smugglers onboard the vessels are detained and interviewed, the multiagency task force starts developing "second-tier targets - those responsible for the shipment and the building of the boats" with the ultimate goal of "dismantling the organization".