CBP P-3 Leads to Joint Interdiction of 870 Pounds of Cocaine
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.