AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) seized 1,320 pounds (600 kilos) of cocaine on Wednesday after intercepting a vessel near the southern coast of Puerto Rico and arresting two men onboard. The estimated value of the cocaine is $17 million.
“Air and Marine Agents always remain vigilant to interdict and arrest criminals trying to smuggle narcotics through our coastal areas,” stated Johnny Morales, director of air operations at the CBP Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.
A CBP DHC-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft crew detected a go-fast vessel without navigational lights moving north and two persons onboard.
A CBP Interceptor from the Ponce Marine Unit approached the vessel four nautical miles south of Salinas, Puerto Rico, ordering the subjects on board to stop.
The CBP Marine Agents arrested the two subjects on board, one claiming Dominican Republic nationality and the other Venezuelan, and recovered 20 bales of contraband.
The contraband tested positive to cocaine and weighted approximately 600 kilos.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents assumed custody of the two men and the contraband for prosecution and investigation.