The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro returned to Alameda on July 15, 2019 after intercepting an alleged drug-smuggling boat near San Diego.

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Drug-Busting Crew Returns To Alameda

Holly Quan
July 15, 2019 - 11:01 am

The crew on a Coast Guard ship that made a recent major drug bust in the eastern Pacific returned to the port of Alameda on Monday. 

Dramatic video showed members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro as they intercepted a fast-moving and semi-exposed homemade submersible near San Diego that was allegedly carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine. 

Two members of the crew could be seen in the video balancing precariously on top of the submarine. One of them pounded on the hatch until someone opens up and emerges with his hands in the air. After the Coast Guard members got inside, they found five suspected smugglers.

The Munro has spent about three months in what is known as Operation Panama Express, which aims to stem the flow of pot and cocaine in the U.S. The crew now wraps up what was its first deployment with the operation.

Crew members grabbed 39 tons of cocaine and almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana while at sea in 14 separate seizures. All of this totaled a street value of nearly $570 million, authorities said.