CBP disrupts $840 million in cocaine smuggling attempts


GSN Magazine
May 27, 2013

CBP Office of Air and Marine (OAM) P-3 aircraft, operating out of National Air Security Operations Center in Corpus Christi, TX, and Jacksonville, FL, detected four speedboats carrying more than 10,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $841 million.

During the third weekend in May, CBP P-3 crews operating in the Eastern Pacific and Western Caribbean spotted these smuggling attempts on three separate occasions, said a news release issued on May 23.

A CBP P-3 aircraft from Corpus Christi was on patrol in the Eastern Pacific May 15 when the crew detected a speedboat moving quickly through the open waters near the Galapagos Islands. The P-3 crew coordinated with the Ecuadorian Navy to intercept the vessel. The efforts of this mission resulted in the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine.

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