Cocaine worth US$388 million seized at sea
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.