Customs and Border Protection Makes Huge Cocaine Bust

A P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker patrols the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reporting a series of drug busts worth more than 300-million-dollars, thanks to an aircrew out of Corpus Christi traveling to and from South America.

The crew of an AMO Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft first detected small fishing vessel loaded with 1,656 pounds of cocaine. The next day, the crew was on patrol using its sophisticated radar system detected another smuggling vessel. It was loaded with 4,134 pounds of cocaine. Then on the last day of its trip and while heading back to the United States, the crew detected a hard to find semi-submersible vessel. That load was one of the Corpus Christi office’s largest ever seizures. The 16,938-pound load on this vessel brought their weekly total to 22,728 pounds, or roughly the weight of three heavy-duty pickup trucks.

The total value of the drugs were said to be worth more than 300-million-dollars.

This low-profile vessel is designed to be hard to detect when moving in open waters.

Photos Courtesy: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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