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U.S. recovers $180 million in cocaine from sunken submarine

 An underwater drug bust. What's next?

"This is a once-in-a-career thing that happens," said Lieutenant Commander Peter Niles, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Oak, whose crew located the sunken vessel.

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See Mark Potter's Nightly News report about secret subs at the bottom of this post.

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A crew member from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak counts packaged bales of 15,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $180 million unloaded at Base Support Unit Miami August 2. The haul was recovered from a self-propelled submersible vessel in the western Caribbean Sea July 13, 2010 after being spotted by U.S. Coast Guard patrol.

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In this handout provided by U.S. Coast Guard, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca interdicts a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel carrying cocaine on an unspecified date in the western Caribbean Sea. It was the first interdiction of an SPSS in the Caribbean.

Dec. 28: Learn more about the secret subs examined by Mark Potter.