JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker (LRT) and U.S. Navy crew partnered with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews who seized nearly a ton of cocaine and 600 pounds of marijuana in the Pacific Ocean.
On October 31, a USCG aircrew detected a suspicious go-fast vessel and vectored in USCG Cutter Seneca. A National Air Security Center (NASOC) P-3 and a U.S. Navy P-8 aircrew continued to monitor the vessel. The Seneca crew interdicted the vessel, detaining two individuals and denying transnational criminal organizations more than $34 million in proceeds from illicit drugs.
The President and Secretary of Defense announced the Enhanced Counter Narcotics mission on 1 April 2020, and since then the Department of State, Department of Defense and other federal agencies have strengthened our methods and improved operations in order to obstruct the drug shipments from transnational criminal organizations.
NASOC-Jacksonville forms half of the P-3 operations wing, along with its partner center in Corpus Christi, Texas. These P-3 aircraft operate throughout North and South America in defense of the borders of the United States and to prevent attempts to smuggle persons or contraband.
AMO safeguards our Nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.
In Fiscal Year 2020, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of 194,220 pounds of cocaine, 278,492 pounds of marijuana, 15,985 pounds of methamphetamine, 952 weapons and $51.5 million, 1,066 arrests, 47,872 apprehensions of illegal aliens.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.