U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assists Colombian Law Enforcement with Cocaine Bust

A P-3 Orion Long Ranger Tracker aircraft manned by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine observed a four-engine go-fast vessel approximately 150 miles Northeast of Panama City, Panama. The vessel was running at approximately 30 knots with its lights out in the direction of the Gulf of Uraba, Colombia’s coastal region.

The aircraft crew coordinated with a Colombian law enforcement aircraft to maintain visual contact of the vessel as it sped into Colombian territorial waters. Various packages and fuel barrels could be seen aboard the vessel from above.

As Colombian law enforcement attempted to intercept the vessel, it beached along Colombian western territory and the crew fled the scene. A total of 93 bales of cocaine, weighing over 5,180 pounds, were discovered on board the abandoned vessel.

The estimated street value of this find is over $387,700,000.

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