- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Customs and Border Protection air crew from Corpus Christi has been involved in the arrest of four people aboard a mini-sub that authorities say was carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine worth nearly $200 million and headed for the U.S.

The crew aboard a long-range surveillance aircraft detected the vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean while working with a federal and military task force.

With the plane providing visual contact, a Coast Guard vessel was summoned, made the arrests and seized the cargo March 2.

The drug vessel, described by officials Thursday as self-propelled and semi-submersible, later sank.

The CPB has a National Air Security Operations Center at Corpus Christi. Its crews patrol 42 million square miles that include the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

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