Cocaine worth US$388 million seized at sea

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Print this page Email A Friend!

FLORIDA, USA (CMC) — The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says its Office of Air and Marine aircraft, while on night patrol in the Caribbean, seized 93 bales of cocaine weighing more than 5,180 lbs and worth more than US$387,700,000.

"The opportunity to work with our partner nations to effect an interception and seizure of this size makes the hours our aircraft crews put in patrolling the endless miles of 'blue ocean' more than worth it," said Doug Garner, CBP's Director of National Air Security Operations Centre, Jacksonville.

The crew reportedly detected a four-engine go-fast style vessel about 150 miles north-east of Panama City, Panama last week running at high speed with its lights out.

Colombian law enforcement responded to intercept the suspected vessel but before intercepting the crew the vessel beached in a remote region in the Colombian western territory.

When law enforcement arrived the crew had deserted the 93 bales of cocaine onboard.




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon