FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Tuesday February 16, 2016 – A boat carrying 93 pounds of cocaine has been intercepted in the Caribbean Sea, off Puerto Rico, by United States Customs and Border (CBP) officials.The illegal shipment, which has an approximate value of US$1.2 million, was on a 25-foot vessel that was spotted by the Air and Marine Operations of CBP.Two men who were on board were also taken into custody.“We leverage our assets and work with all our partners to intercept smuggling attempts such as this one,” stated Johnny Morales, Director of Air Operations at the CBP Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.The CBP explained that a Marine Patrol Aircraft detected the vessel, approximately two nautical miles northwest of Culebra Island, traveling westbound, without navigation lights.A law enforcement response was coordinated between CBP, US Coast Guard and Puerto Rico Police Department Marine Units.As marine units reached the vessel, the suspects threw several packages overboard and attempted to abscond. However, a CBP Interceptor crew was able to stop the vessel and apprehend the two subjects.During a search of the area, two bags were recovered with 35 bricks that tested positive for cocaine.Earlier this month, the CBP’s Air and Marine Operations and ICE Homeland Security Investigations seized 86 pounds of cocaine, worth US$1 million, hidden inside the hull of a 26-foot boat in Fajardo.
More than $1 million in cocaine seized off Puerto Rico
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico, Tuesday February 16, 2016 – A boat carrying 93 pounds of cocaine has been intercepted in the Caribbean Sea, off Puerto Rico, by United States Customs and Border (CBP) officials.
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