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Air and Marine Operations P-3 crew and partners seize 730 pounds of cocaine in Eastern Caribbean Sea

Release Date
Mon, 11/08/2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – An Air and Marine Operations (AMO) National Air Security Operations Center, P-3 Long Range Tracker crew and United States Southern Command partners conducted a counter-drug operation in the Caribbean Sea leading to the seizure of 730 pounds of cocaine at the end of October, denying transnational criminal organizations operating in narcotic and transit zones an estimated $13.8 million in illicit proceeds.

AMO uses P-3 Airborne Long Range Tracker
aircraft to conduct long-range aerial patrols
and surveillance missions along the
U.S. borders and in drug transit zones in
Central and South America.

On October 30th, a National Air Security Operations Center—Corpus Christi P-3 Long Range Tracker crew assumed tracking of a suspect go-fast vessel in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. A Southern Command partner Maritime Patrol Aircraft crew guided interceptor vessel teams from the Dominican Republic to interdict the suspect vessel. Partner nation authorities detained three individuals and seized 730 pounds of cocaine.

National Air Security Operations Center P-3 capabilities continue to prove essential in support of United States Southern Command operations, contributing to an increased law enforcement presence in narcotics transit zones. This partnership bolsters support to U.S. and international law enforcement by sharing information and intelligence to help expand target packages.

AMO has two P-3 National Air Security Operations Centers located in Jacksonville, FL and Corpus Christi, TX. These P-3 aircraft operate throughout North, Central and South America in defense of the borders of the United States and to prevent attempts to smuggle persons or contraband.

AMO safeguards our nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement.

In Fiscal Year 2020, AMO enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of 194,220 pounds of cocaine, 278,492 pounds of marijuana, 15,985 pounds of methamphetamine, 952 weapons and $51.5 million as well as 1,066 arrests and 47,872 apprehensions of undocumented migrants.


Last Modified: Oct 11, 2023