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US Coast Guard boarding team members climb aboard a suspected smuggling vessel in September.

The Coast Guard busted another ‘narco sub’ carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine

"Narco subs" have become increasingly popular with smugglers, as they can carry huge drug loads and are hard to detect.

The only military branch affected by the government shutdown is about to miss its 2nd paycheck, and its leaders are sounding off

Many Coast Guard members live paycheck to paycheck, and the looming possibility of missing a second one has caused real hardship.
The crew of the USS Zephyr puts out a fire on a low-profile go-fast drug vessel suspected of smuggling in the eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7, 2018.

The Coast Guard is catching more drug-running subs, but most ‘very stealthy’ narco subs are probably going undetected

The US Coast Guard and foreign authorities are capturing more "narco subs" that can haul multiton drug cargos, but even with that increase, drug smugglers may still be coming out ahead.