Close to 8,000 pounds of cocaine has been seized in the Caribbean Sea by The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.
The Air and Marine Operations (AMO) said on Saturday that the major drug bust was possible with the help of its federal and international partners.
The drugs seized, has a street value of US$111.4 million in proceeds.
CBP said a National Air Security Operations (NASO) Center P-3 Airborne Early Warning crew assumed monitoring of a suspect vessel in the Western Caribbean Sea and “guided international law enforcement partners to the location, where officers seized 4,993 pounds of cocaine.”
CBP also said that a P-3 Airborne Early Warning crew again detected a suspect vessel near Curacao and “notified a US Coast Guard team, which interdicted the vessel and seized 900 pounds of cocaine.”
CBP said AMO has P-3 NASO Centers located in Jacksonville, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas.
“This partnership bolsters support to US and international law enforcement by sharing information and intelligence to help identity, track and disrupt suspected illicit trafficking targets. 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 US Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and maritime law enforcement,” CPB said
In 2021 alone about US$73.3 million of drugs were seized in the Caribbean sea.