Duval County

Vessel carrying over 3,600 pounds of cocaine worth about $48M seized by Jacksonville P-3 Orion crew

Over 3,600 pounds of cocaine was seized in the Eastern Pacific, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

A CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center in Jacksonville noticed a “large low-profile go-fast vessel” in the ocean and tracked it for two days.

Officials said it was loaded with cocaine estimated to be worth $48 million.

The Jacksonville P-3 Orion crew guided the U.S. Coast Guard to the vessel’s location to intercept it cooperatively.

Three Colombian nationals were arrested on Dec. 17 as a result of the bust, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and 3,670 pounds of cocaine was seized. Read more here.