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Aircraft, Interagency Coordination Thwart Semi-Submersible
Jacksonville, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine’s surveillance aircraft were instrumental yesterday in interdicting a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel in the Eastern Pacific.
The CBP P-3 crew identified the semi-submersible off the coast of Colombia, and directed a U.S. Navy ship, helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard boarding team to intercept the vessel. Upon seeing that they were being pursued, the four-person crew of the semi-submersible boarded an inflatable raft and scuttled their vessel.
Based on the size of the semi-submersible, this interdiction is estimated at 5,000 metric tons of cocaine. Including this interdiction, CBP’s P-3 aircraft have contributed to the disruption of over 100,000 pounds of cocaine during the last year, with an estimated street value of more than $1 billion.