Attorney General Jeff Sessions heads to San Diego

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heads to San Diego”

In the video, an object is seen glimmering off the coast. The new boats ride lower in the water for a reduced radar signature, are powered by multiple outboard motors, and painted to blend in with the sea surface.

Four men were indicted and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in the San Diego case.

An increased presence of US and allied forces in the Eastern Pacific Ocean coupled with increased coca production in South America has led to a significant increase in narcotics removal in the drug transit zones off South and Central America.

A submarine carrying narcotics was intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard and exclusive ABC News video shows the moment the vessel was detected.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was on hand in San Diego on Wednesday as the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded more than 50,000 pounds of cocaine and heroin - with an estimated street value of more than $679 million - that was seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean since August 2. Coast Guard officials said this year's record-breaking haul of narcotics was worth an estimated $6.1 billion. The Coast Guard is on track for another historic fiscal year in 2017.

The Coast Guard has interdicted seven low-profile drug smuggling vessels in four months, resulting in the seizure of more than 11 tons of cocaine - an amount with a street value of more than $300 million.

The U.S. Coast Guard and other allied forces have been ramping up their presence in the Eastern Pacific hunting for drug smugglers off South and Central America, authorities said, at a time when cocoa production has also increased in South America.

"I commend every service member who has helped us in our mission to keep the American people safe, and I thank them for this indispensable contribution to public safety".

Most of the cocaine consumed here in the United States originates in Colombia, according to the Coast Guard. "The huge profits generated by these activities fuel violence and instability throughout the entire region", said Rear Admiral Todd Sokalzuk, commander, Coast Guard District 11.

The 700 lbs. of cocaine from that incident was part of the display at San Diego.

Almost 600 suspected smugglers were apprehended by the Coast Guard and turned over to federal authorities for prosecution in the USA during the year.

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