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Jacksonville P-3 aircraft help in cocaine bust

6:42 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion is framed by a flag as it flies at the Vectren Dayton Airshow at Dayton International Airport July 18, 2003 in Dayton, Ohio. The airshow takes place until July 20. (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two aircraft from Jacksonville helped to intercept two speedboats containing large amounts of cocaine on May 17.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, crew members of a CBP P-3 aircraft spotted a speedboat north of Panama and alerted the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The suspects began dumping the cocaine overboard and abandoned the speedboat, which was later found on the beach. 

Several arrest were made and an AK-47 rifle and more than 5,000 pounds of cocaine were found. 

Also on May 17, in a separate incident in the Eastern Pacific, a Jacksonville P-3 crew coordinated with the Colombian Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard to intercept a boat carrying more than 2,500 pounds of cocaine.

The operations were part of a larger effort involving the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. 

The effort resulted in the seizure of four speedboats carrying 10,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $841 million.

The operations took place May 17-19.

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