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Air and Marine Operations, Partners Seize Nearly 2 Tons of Cocaine in Eastern Pacific

Release Date: 
February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations National Air Security Operations Center P-3 crew partnered with federal authorities to thwart a smuggling attempt in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and seized 3,300 pounds of cocaine, denying narcotics traffickers nearly $57 million in illicit proceeds.

The P-3 Long Range Tracker (LRT) aircraft are high-endurance, all-weather, tactical turbo-prop aircraft primarily used to conduct long-range aerial patrols along the U.S. borders and in drug transit zones in Central and South America
The P-3 Long Range Tracker (LRT) aircraft are high-endurance,
all-weather, tactical turbo-prop aircraft primarily used to
conduct long-range aerial patrols along the U.S. borders and in
drug transit zones in Central and South America

A long-range tracker crew was on patrol, Jan. 27, when they detected a suspicious vessel. AMO agents vectored in a United States Coast Guard Cutter crew that launched helicopter and interceptor boat teams for interdiction. Coast Guard authorities conducted the vessel stop, detained three individuals, and seized 3,300 pounds of cocaine.

AMO has two P-3 NASOCs, located in Jacksonville, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas. 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, 1,066 arrests, 47,872 apprehensions of illegal aliens.

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Last modified: 
April 7, 2021