SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) law enforcement authorities, working in support of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), seized approximately 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine during a joint law enforcement operation this week.
On Monday, May 20, while participating in a joint operation in support of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, CBP officers were assisting Puerto Rico Police Department agents in performing non-intrusive inspection of passengers on board the ferry Isleño, which arrived from the Municipality of Culebra. A PRPD canine alerted to two bags, one back pack and one small gym bag, which were searched after obtaining consent from the owner. Inside, law enforcement authorities found two packages of what appeared to be bricked cocaine, which subsequently were field tested and reacted positive to the properties of cocaine.
The owner was detained and transported to a Puerto Rico Police Department Station. The cocaine (approximately 2 kilos) was seized and transferred over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. The estimated street value of the drug is $40,000.
Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF) is an initiative of the United States Attorney's Office created to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations operating in the Caribbean. CCSF is a part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) that investigates South American-based drug trafficking organizations responsible for the movement of multi-kilogram quantities of narcotics utilizing the Caribbean as a transshipment point for further distribution to the United States. The initiative is composed by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, ICE HSI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Coast Guard and PRPD's FURA.
CBIG was formally created to unify efforts of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the United States Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico Police Joint Forces of Rapid action (FURA) in their common goal of securing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against illegal maritime traffic and gaining control of our nation's Caribbean borders.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.