Inter-agency team recovers cocaine near Pensacola

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and local agencies recovered approximately 35 kilos of cocaine from the Gulf of Mexico, south of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a notification at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday from a good Samaritan of a bale of cocaine floating in the water south of Pensacola.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Pensacola 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to search for the drugs through the evening.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile Enforcement members aboard U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air Marine Operations vessels and an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol vessel searched this morning and recovered the cocaine.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Station Pensacola 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Sector Mobile Enforcement Division
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations
  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol
  • Orange Beach Police Department
  • Mobile Border and Enforcement Security Task Force/Homeland Security Investigations/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
  • Regional Coordinating Mechanism

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