On December 2, the JIATF-S confirmed the seizure of 1,012 pounds of cocaine from the STOI.
CBP OAM P-3s have been an integral part of JIATF-S. The P-3s patrol a 42-million-square-mile area of the Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, known as the “Source and Transit Zone,” in search of drugs that are in transit towards U.S. shores.
The P-3s’ distinctive detection capabilities allow highly-trained crews to identify emerging threats well beyond the land borders of the U.S. By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S. The P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.
The CBP office of air and marine is the world’s largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization with approximately 1,200 federal agents operating from 30 air and marine locations, with 260 aircraft and 290 maritime vessels. (www.gsnmagazine.com)
Editor's Comment: Notice where they picked this guy up? 320 NM SW of Panama City, outside of (or at the edge of) the range of Panama's new surface surveillance radar sets. The drug traffickers know what they're up against, and they try to run the gauntlet anyway to get their cargo through. It's a cat-and-mouse game we've been playing with them since the 80's. We used to call the drug war "the war of last resort." In other words, if there was nothing else around that needed blowing up, we could always focus on the drug traffickers. When the Cold War ended - we shifted to drugs. We've blown up almost all of the terrorists (and those who look like they might be terrorists), so we will be shifting more money and assets to drugs again. And why don't we legalize cocaine and declare the war on drugs a failure? Because if we did, several segments of the national economy would tank overnight. The drug war is, was, and probably always will be good for business...