Corpus Christi, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its interagency partners disrupted a maritime smuggling attempt Nov. 25, resulting in the arrest of two individuals and recovering more than 400 pounds of cocaine.
A crew aboard a Long Range Tracker (LRT) was on patrol as part of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) in the open waters in the Eastern Pacific when they detected an illegal watercraft moving rapidly and identified it as a go-fast.
The crew vectored a U.S. Coast Guard unit and Panamanian authorities to the go-fast's location where Panamanian authorities arrested two individuals.
"As interagency partners, we are actively patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean searching for illegal or suspicious activity and our efforts have been very successful," said Tom Salter, director National Air Security Operations Center, at Corpus Christi. "This disruption is just the latest example of how effective our interagency partnerships can be."
A go-fast is described as an illegal small boat usually built of fiberglass and able to reach high speeds.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.