JACKSONVILLE, FLA.—On November 20, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3 aircrew, assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center (NASOC-JAX) in Jacksonville, Fla., reported the joint interdiction of about 870 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of two Colombian nationals in the Caribbean Sea near the Panama coastline. The cocaine is worth approximately $7,900,000.
A CBP P-3 LRT air unit detected the single engine go-fast vessel with two subjects onboard, approximately 130 NM northeast of Panama City, and vectored a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) vessel to intercept. A USCG helicopter was launched from the vessel and fired warning shots, and then disabling shots at the fleeing go-fast vessel.
A USCG surface asset recovered 14 bales of cocaine that were jettisoned during the pursuit. A search for additional contraband is ongoing by USCG.
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.