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CBP, FURA Seize 10 Cocaine Bricks inside Abandoned Vessel

Release Date: 
September 6, 2018

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) agents seized Wednesday 27 pounds (12.4 Kilos) of cocaine found inside an abandoned vessel.  The estimated value of the seized narcotics is $ 347,200. 

10 bricks of cocaine were found inside a black bag.
10 bricks of cocaine were found inside
a black bag.  

A FURA vessel detected a lights-out vessel entering the mouth of the Fajardo River at a very high speed, which crashed in a rocky part of the mouth of the Maternillo River in the municipality of Fajardo. 

After extensive search Border Patrol and FURA agents found black bag with 10 bricks of cocaine and the 20-foot fiberglass vessel, blue and white in color, registered in Puerto Rico and named ‘TRASTADA.

Border Patrol agents seized the vessel, engine and contraband, handing it over to the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for investigation. 

With the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG) FURA and other law enforcement agencies in the island work with the U.S. Border Patrol in a joint mission to secure Puerto Rico’s coastal areas.

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Last modified: 
September 10, 2018