Published: Sep 28, 2011 6:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it has caught another submarine-like craft carrying cocaine in the Caribbean Sea.
    
A statement issued Wednesday said Coast Guard crews interdicted the semi-submersible vessel in the western Caribbean on Sept. 17.  The Coast Guard says the vessel's crew was detained and some cocaine was recovered before the vessel sank.
    
Semi-submersible vessels remain partly above the surface of the water. U.S. officials say they are typically built in Colombia and can carry large amounts of illicit goods or people over long distances.
    
They're regularly used to smuggle drugs along Central America's Pacific Coast. The Coast Guard first caught one of the vessels in the Caribbean in July.
    
The cocaine and the vessel's crew are in the custody of U.S. law enforcement.

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