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US CUSTOMS, PARTNERS SEIZE 730 POUNDS OF COCAINE IN EASTERN CARIBBEAN

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says 730 pounds of cocaine was seized during operations in the Caribbean Sea. 

CBP said the operation denied transnational criminal organizations operating in narcotic and transit zones an estimated US$13.8 million in illicit proceeds. 

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It said that an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crew “assumed tracking of a suspect go-fast vessel in the Eastern Caribbean Sea” and that a Southern Command partner Maritime Patrol Aircraft crew “guided interceptor vessel teams from the Dominican Republic to interdict the suspect vessel”. 

Three individuals were detained and the cocaine, CBP said. 

“National Air Security Operations Center P-3 capabilities continue to prove essential in support of United States Southern Command operations, contributing to an increased law enforcement presence in narcotics transit zones,” CBP said. 

“This partnership bolsters support to US and international law enforcement by sharing information and intelligence to help expand target packages.” 

Last year, CPB said AMO enforcement actions resulted in the seizure or disruption of 194,220 pounds of cocaine, 278,492 pounds of marijuana, 15,985 pounds of methamphetamine, 952 weapons and US$51.5 million, as well as 1,066 arrests and 47,872 apprehensions of undocumented Caribbean migrants.

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