Aguadilla, Puerto Rico - Late last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Coast Guard assets intercepted a vessel, arrested two suspects and recovered approximately 77 bricks of suspected narcotics dumped into the sea.
Around 10:15 p.m., a CBP - Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) aircraft detected a suspect vessel moving westward towards Puerto Rico without navigational lights.
A second vessel was detected convening with the first vessel, observing what appeared to be an "at sea" transfer of contraband.
When the transfer was completed, one vessel began heading toward Puerto Rico.
The CBP aircraft maintained this vessel under surveillance and coordinated an intercept with Coast Guard Cutter Farallon.
Near midnight, the USCG Cutter Farallon located the second vessel making pursuit intercepting approximately 15 nautical miles north of Mona Island, Puerto Rico.
CBP aircraft observed the vessel occupants throwing contraband over-board.
US Coast Guard cutter Farallon along with a CBP helicopter, pursued the suspected vessel, which was later detained along with the two passengers on board.
A Puerto Rico Police FURA marine unit, patrolling with a Border Patrol Agent, arrived at the scene and assisted with the recovery of the dumped contraband from the sea.
The contraband, vessel and the suspects were transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. .
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 U.S. borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
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.