Over $500 Million In Cocaine En Route To The US Intercepted In Panama

Over $500 Million In Cocaine En Route To The US Intercepted In Panama
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Tony Montana, eat your heart out. Nearly $550 million worth of cocaine heading for the United States was seized in Panama.

Authorities caught up with two speedboats carrying literally tons of cocaine, sinking one and recovering the other.

“These two disruptions are an example of the international cooperative law enforcement effort to disrupt transnational criminal activity and deny their profiting from such activity,” said Doug Garner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s director of national air security operations in Jacksonville, Florida in a news release.

According to CNN, the Memorial Day weekend drug bust occurred when a Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine crew spotted a 30-foot speedboat.

The first boat was shot down on Friday with three suspects arrested as the boat sunk into the ocean, according to the news release.

“This joint effort denied criminal organizations more than $82 million dollars from cocaine proceeds,” read the release.

A Customs and Border Protection crew in the Western Caribbean discovered the second boat on Saturday night. The three-engine speedboat was moving swiftly near the Panamanian-Colombian border in an effort to elude authorities, gliding dangerously close to the coastline.

Panamanian police were radioed to intercept the boat and boy did they hit the jackpot when they did, as it was carrying bundles of cocaine in the excess amount of 6,000 pounds.

This large quantity is valued at more than $445 million.

Somebody somewhere up north is not going to be pleased to find out the delivery did not reach its destination.

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