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Federal law enforcement seize 2,425 pounds of cocaine, arrest 3

On March 18, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marine patrol aircraft detected a vessel of approximately 40 feet in length with two outboard engines and two subjects onboard, traveling northbound and without navigation lights towards the coast of Vieques. The patrol aircraft maintained constant surveillance of the vessel as CBP marine units responded and intercepted the suspicious vessel for further inspection. The inspection of the boat yielded 42 bales of cocaine weighing approximately 2,425 pounds. The HSI investigation is ongoing.
 42 bales of cocaine weighing approximately 2,425 pounds.  The HSI investigation is ongoing.

 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF) partners, seized 2,425 pounds of cocaine and arrested 3 individuals for drug trafficking following an at-sea interdiction March 18 south of the island of Vieques. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $30 million.

“HSI is committed to working with our federal, state and local counterparts in an effort to stop the movement of contraband in the Caribbean,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “Those involved in drug trafficking should know that the Caribbean is no longer an option to transship narcotics into the United States.”

On March 18, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marine patrol aircraft detected a vessel of approximately 40 feet in length with two outboard engines and two subjects onboard, traveling northbound and without navigation lights towards the coast of Vieques. The patrol aircraft maintained constant surveillance of the vessel as CBP marine units responded and intercepted the suspicious vessel for further inspection. The inspection of the boat yielded 42 bales of cocaine weighing approximately 2,425 pounds. The HSI investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, those arrested could face a sentence from 10 years up to life in prison.

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