AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol and the Puerto Rico Police Department Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA, in Spanish) seized Friday 80 pounds (36 kilos) of cocaine and 6 Pounds (3 Kilos) of fentanyl found inside a “yola” type of vessel, where 5 illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic attempted to enter through the northwestern coast.
The seized cocaine is valued approximately at $900,000 and the fentanyl at $42,000.
“Keeping these dangerous drugs off of our streets is a shared responsibility. Law Enforcement entities work 24 hours a day to keep our island safe, “stated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector. “I would like to remind the community to also remain vigilant for illegal activity taking place near their communities. If you see something suspicious, contact us. Together, we can increase safety and improve the quality of life here.”
Ramey Border Patrol agents detected a vessel traveling without navigational lights eastbound approximately 10 nautical miles west of Aguadilla, alerting a FURA Marine Unit to intercept.
The FURA unit, an Operation Stonegarden partner, intercepted the 20-foot long fiberglass “yola” type vessel approximately 5 miles west of Peña Blanca, Aguadilla.
Five adult males were inside the vessel all claimed Dominican Republic citizenship, along with a duffle bag and a nylon sack containing suspicious bundles. The items inside were field tested showing the properties of cocaine and fentanyl.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is in charge of the prosecution and investigation of the case.
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