San Juan, Puerto Rico - Sunday morning, during a random inspection of passengers arriving from St. Christopher - Nevis, on board the cruise ship "Carnival Victory", U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a passenger who was attempting to transport cocaine into the United States inside his back pack.
CBP Officers arrested Carl Peterkin, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, after finding approximately 1,694 grams of cocaine inside a back pack that he was carrying. His brother, Mr. Steven Peterkin, 23, was also arrested on conspiracy charges.
The custody of both passengers was transferred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
"CBP officers are always vigilant of criminals who try to engage in illicit activities and elude detection," stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
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.