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CBP Stops Drug-laden Vessel 10 miles off U.S. Coast

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) sea section along with its Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RECOM) partners intercepted a vessel carrying 1500 pounds of pot with an estimated indiscriminate valued at scarcely $4 million.

The AMO organisation were patrolling the nautical border, Dec. 12, nearby Corpus Christi aboard a 39-foot Midnight Express when the U.S. Coast Guard told them about a questionable vessel streamer to U.S. shores.

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The USCG vectored the organisation to prevent the vessel about 10 miles out from the Corpus Christi shore. After intercepting the vessel, AMO sea ban agents detected a organisation of 3 Mexican nationals suspected of bootlegging 30 bundles of marijuana. The organisation were arrested and the vessel and drugs were seized.

“Uniting the efforts of the law coercion village is a extensive force multiplier in the common efforts to detect and prevent nautical threats to guarantee the waterways,” pronounced AMO McAllen Director of Marine Operations Ralph Cabrera. “We will continue to take every opportunity, alongside the partners, to prevent transnational rapist organization’s activity in this area.”

AMO is a sovereign law coercion classification dedicated to portion and safeguarding the American people by modernized aeronautical and nautical capabilities. AMO interdicts wrong people and load coming U.S. borders, investigates rapist networks and provides domain recognition in the air and nautical environments, and responds to contingencies and inhabitant taskings. With approximately 1,800 sovereign agents and goal support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 sea vessels handling via the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO serves as the nation’s experts in airborne and nautical law enforcement.

In Fiscal Year 2017, AMO coercion actions resulted in the estimate seizure or intrusion of 269,790 pounds of cocaine, 384,230 pounds of marijuana, 5,721 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,089 weapons, and $26.1 million; 2,573 arrests; and 37,009 apprehensions of illegal aliens.



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