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August 23, 2007
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U.S. customs nab submarine with millions worth of cocaine

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY U.S. officials say they seized a submarine-like vessel packed with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine off the Guatemalan coast.

Four suspected smugglers were operating the self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel when drug-surveillance aircraft patrolling the Pacific spotted it Sunday night.

The Border Patrol says when the suspects realized they had been noticed, they tried to sink the ship, crammed with about five and a half tons of cocaine. The Coast Guard got to them first.

Several drug-smuggling subs operated by Colombian drug cartels have been discovered in recent years.

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