JACKSONVILLE – THE United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency has interdicted a boat in the Caribbean Sea with cocaine worth US$115 million.
The CBP with its assigned crew to the National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville, Florida intercepted the “cocaine-filled go-fast style vessel.”
The cocaine estimated wholesale value of the cocaine was estimated at US$114.6 million and the vessel was tracked during maritime patrols.
On Thursday CBP stated, “The AMO P-3 crew maintained the initial radar contact of the target of interest, a 45-foot long, blue, open hull go-fast with four out-board engines.”
It added, “Five individuals could be seen onboard removing a tarp that covered a portion of the vessel.”
On spotting the aircraft and vessel, the individuals onboard the go-fast began dumping the suspected contraband into the sea, CBP stated.
It said, “The go-fast departed the area after dumping over 80 bales of contraband, later identified as cocaine.”
CBP said the Panamanian Navy interdicted the go-fast, and took five Colombians into custody.
It said it recovered 8,791 pounds of cocaine.