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7.5 tons of cocaine found in sub

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 unloaded the drugs in Miami Beach. Officials said the cocaine was worth about 180 million US dollars (£110 million).

US Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard crews located the semi-submersible vessel July 13 near the border between Honduras and Nicaragua.

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

Five crew members aboard the submarine were taken into custody.

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


From Belfast Telegraph