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

Release Date: 
January 21, 2014

 

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.

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February 9, 2017