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Michael De Nyse/U.S. Coast Guard, via Associated Press

Members of the Coast Guard tallying bales of cocaine in 2011 after a drug seizure off the coast of Florida.

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and THOM SHANKER, NY Times

KEY WEST, Fla. — For more than 24 hours last September, a Coast Guard helicopter and speedboat pursued drug traffickers and their contraband across the Caribbean Sea. Finally they caught up with the improbable vessel, the latest innovation in the decades-old drug war. It was a submarine.

The low-slung, diesel-propelled vessel, painted a dark shade to blend with the water, was believed to be carrying several tons of cocaine. But after the submersible’s crew scuttled the vessel and abandoned ship, the Coast Guard was able to salvage only two 66-pound bales of narcotics.

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