U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release…
JACKSONVILLE, FL – A CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, intercepted two vessels loaded with cocaine in two separate incidents, Nov. 21 and 22.
On Nov. 21, the P-3 Orion crew assumed the tracking of a go-fast vessel in the Eastern Pacific. The crew contacted Panamanian law enforcement, who launched two interceptor vessels to stop the go-fast. AMO vectored the interceptors to the go-fast’s location, resulting in the arrest of three persons on board and the seizure of 2,511 lbs of cocaine worth an estimated $33 million.
On Nov. 22, the same P-3 Orion crew was on routine patrol in the Western Caribbean when it spotted another suspect go-fast vessel. After contacting authorities, Panamanian interceptors launched and a helicopter went airborne towards the location of the go-fast. Although the go-fast was beached along the shoreline and the occupants dispersed, 70 packages of contraband were found containing 3,747 lbs of cocaine worth $49 million.
Authorities in both events seized the contraband, confirmed as cocaine, weighing a total of 6,258 lbs and valued at over $81.5 million.