San Francisco, July 12 (IANS) In a scene straight out of a Hollywood film, the US Coast Guard has released a video of a service member jumping onto a moving semi-submersible vessel -- often called "narco-submarine" -- filled with 16,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $262 million.
The "narco-submarines" are often used by traffickers to smuggle narcotics into other countries.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro seized the drugs along with five suspected smugglers in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, Fox News reported late Thursday, quoting Chief Petty Officer John Masson with the US Coast Guard.
"@VP (Mike Pence) is welcoming back the crew of CG Cutter Munro as they turn over 39K lbs of cocaine from drug seizures like this one from a semi-submersible off South America to federal agents," US Coast Guard tweeted.
In the video, a crew member wearing a helmet camera, jumped onto the drug smuggling vessel, shouting "stop your boat now" in Spanish.
"Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives," Pence said.
"Our administration are determined to SECURE our border!" he later Tweeted.
The US Coast Guard have seized a total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana worth a combined estimated $569 million between May and July 2019.
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) In what is seen as a major boost for the union territory (UT) of Ladakh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday launched winter grade diesel for the entire Ladakh region.
The Indian Oil Corp's (IOC) Panipat refinery has come up with a kind of diesel that can withstand the harsh winter conditions of the newly created UT where temperatures fall to sub zero of nearly -30 degree Celsius.
The winter grade diesel produced by Panipat Refinery for the first time has a pour point of - 33 degree C and does not lose its fluidity function even in the extreme winter weather of the region, unlike the normal grade of diesel which becomes exceedingly difficult to utilize. This winter grade diesel also meets BIS specification of the cleaner BS-VI grade diesel.
Amit Shah launched the supply of this special grade diesel in Ladakh via video conferencing from the national capital. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, were present on the occasion.
Shah said that this special diesel for Ladakh has been developed to address the problem of loss of fuel during extreme winter conditions. The project is said to have cost more than Rs 50,000 crore.
The first tank truck containing winter grade HSD has been flagged off from IOC's Panipat marketing complex. Subsequent supplies of such diesel would be sent from the Jalandhar Terminal to the Leh and Kargil depots to meet demands of customers in the Leh-Ladakh region during peak winters.