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U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepts $16M in Cocaine off Puerto Rico’s coast

May 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepts $16M in Cocaine off Puerto Rico’s coast Photo: US Customs and Border Protection

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U.S. Border Patrol agents working in Puerto Rico collaborated with local law police to seize over 1,300 pounds of cocaine and arrest of two illegal alien smugglers.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release, agents with the Puerto Rico Police Department’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) reached out to Ramey Station Border Patrol agents after they noticed a 28-foot twin engine “Contender” ship off the coast of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

Border Patrol and FURA officials searched the vessel after forcing it to come to a stop.

The agents discovered two citizens of the Dominican Republic on board. The search revealed a large stash of cocaine concealed inside the vessel. The bundles of cocaine weighed 1,326 pounds, and are worth approximately $15.6 million.

Authorities turned the drugs and the two illegals over to DEA agents for further investigation. Officials also seized the boat, which is worth roughly $70,000.

“We will not let our guard down. We won’t stop. We have been doing it, and will continue joining efforts and resources against drug trafficking in the Caribbean,” Acting Special Agent-In-Charge for the DEA, Reinaldo Lopez announced in a written statement. “Expect to see more results like this. Inter-agency efforts have been excellent, and we’ll continue to achieve results.”

The collective law enforcement effort is made possible through federal funding of “Operation Stonegarden.” The program provides federal funding to state and local law enforcement to help CBP agents with securing the borders.

“We work daily with our Stonegarden partner FURA to stop smuggling attempts throughout the island,” Ramey Station Chief Patrol Agent Ramiro Cerrillo said.

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