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New Footage Released of CBP Air and Marine Operations Leading Joint Efforts to Disrupt Drug Trafficking in Caribbean Sea

Release Date: 
April 9, 2018

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and task force partners intercepted a succession of drug-laden vessels packed with thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana during targeted operations in the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic in recent weeks.

New footage is available at @CBPFlorida on Twitter of a CBP Air and Marine Operations crew detecting a suspicious vessel and working with task force partners to intercept.CBP's Air and Marine Operations mission is to serve and protect the American people.

Operation Full Court Press is led by CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Southeast Region and targets maritime smuggling organizations responsible for cocaine trafficking throughout the Caribbean and beyond. The enhanced enforcement operations leveraged interagency partnerships with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

"This is the latest example of Air and Marine Operations' experienced agents stopping threats before they reach our shores by employing advanced aviation and maritime capabilities,” said Southeast Region Executive Director Eric Rembold. “Extending the Nation’s borders further away from the geographic border allows us to dramatically increase our detection capabilities and disrupt illicit trafficking by working alongside our federal and international maritime partners.”

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Southeast Region area of responsibility extends eastward from Southeast Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands and includes the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and a large portion of the Caribbean Sea. Agents with the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch, New Orleans Air and Marine Branch, Jacksonville Air and Marine Branch and Miami Air and Marine Branch supported the multi-agency operations.

Air and Marine Operation’s day-to-day operations involve patrolling the seas and skies, intercepting contraband, catching smugglers and assisting in rescue and recovery operations. In Fiscal Year 2017, CBP’s Air and Marine Operations enforcement actions resulted in the approximate seizure or disruption of 269,790 pounds of cocaine; 384,230 pounds of marijuana; 5,721 pounds of methamphetamine; 1,089 weapons and $26.1 million; 2,573 arrests and 37,009 apprehensions of illegal aliens.

File footage is available through U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs via the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Watch a video on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations secures the maritime border.

For breaking news and information updates from CBP Air and Marine Operations follow @CBPFlorida @CBPSoutheast and @CBPCaribbean on Twitter.

Last modified: 
April 9, 2018