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AMO seizes 34 Bricks of Cocaine during Smuggling Attempt into Eastern Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
January 24, 2020

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents detected and arrested 3 individuals on Thursday trying to smuggle 34 blocks of cocaine through the Maternillo sector in the east of the island. 34 bricks of cocaine were seized inside a duffle bag.

 "We have advanced aeronautical and maritime mechanisms to detect vessels trying to bring narcotics to the island," said Johnny Morales, Director, Air and Marine Operations of the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB). "We always appreciate the collaboration of other local and federal entities public order to stop cases like this.” 

On the morning of January 23, an AMO marine unit received information about a suspicious vessel approaching Maternillo Beach in Fajardo. The CAMB’s Fajardo marine unit  found a yola that landed in the mentioned sector, seeing three individuals and a white SUV. 

AMO agents gave an alert and managed to arrest the three subjects. They found a black lump with an undetermined amount of blocks, whose field test showed the properties of cocaine. A Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) unit attended the scene.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) assumed custody of smuggling and the suspects for investigation and prosecution.

The mission of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations is to safeguard our Nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond. With 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, Air and Marine Operations uses its sophisticated fleets to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals in diverse environments at and beyond U.S. borders.

Last modified: 
February 11, 2020