7.5 tons of cocaine unloaded from "narco-sub"

MIAMI BEACH, Florida - Roughly 7.5 tons of cocaine seized from a submarine-like craft off the Caribbean coast of Honduras is being unloaded in South Florida.

Crew members aboard a Coast Guard cutter are unloading the drugs Tuesday in Miami Beach. Officials say the cocaine is worth about $180 million.

Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection crews located the semi-submersible vessel July 13 near Honduras' border with Nicaragua.

U.S. stops "narco sub" with $180M of cocaine

An FBI dive team recovered the drugs on board after the Coast Guard found the sunken vessel last week.

Five crew members aboard the sub were taken into custody. CBS station WFOR Miami reported that the drugs and the crew will be turned over to law enforcement; the case will remain under investigation.

Semi-submersible crafts are regularly used to smuggle drugs along Central America's Pacific Coast, but authorities say the subs are not common in Caribbean waters.


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