WATCH: CBP Air and Marine Crew Stops Boat Loaded with Nearly 2 Tons of Cocaine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations P-3 Orion returns from patrol.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircrew interdicted a drug-smuggling boat loaded with more than 3,600 pounds of cocaine. Agents on board the aircraft tracked the boat for two days before moving Coast Guard vessels into the area to stop the boat.

An AMO P-3 Orion aircrew based out of the National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, Florida, observed a low-profile go-fast vessel in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The aircrew tracked the vessel for two day before calling U.S. Coast Guard boats to interdict the boat, according to information obtained from CBP officials.

Video shot from the Orion shows the vessel being tracked in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The aircrew vectored Coast Guard boat crews to the boat on December 13, officials stated. When Coast Guard crews boarded the vessel they arrested three Colombian nationals and seized 3,670 pounds of cocaine. Officials estimate the value of the seized drugs at $48 million.

An AMO crew assigned to the National Air Security Center-Jacksonville, intercepted this large low-profile go-fast vessel loaded with cocaine.

An AMO crew assigned to the National Air Security Center-Jacksonville, intercepted this large low-profile go-fast vessel loaded with cocaine.

“AMO is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people through advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities,” CBP officials explained in a written statement. “AMO interdicts unlawful people and cargo approaching U.S. borders, investigates criminal networks and provides domain awareness in the air and maritime environments, and responds to contingencies and national taskings.”

The agency employs 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, officials stated.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for the Breitbart Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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