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CBP Officers In Puerto Rico Discover Heroin In Passenger Backpack

Release Date: 
February 21, 2012

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized approximately 3.4 pounds of heroin from inside a passenger's backpack.

Late Sunday, CBP officers were conducting routine inspections on a Copa Flight arriving from Colombia, via Panama.

CBP Officers conducted a secondary examination of Jesse Anthony Mayorga, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen. Mayorga claimed ownership of one suitcase and a back pack and all its contents. During the examination, CBP Officers noticed an unusual weight on the back pack and upon further examination discovered a white powdery substance hidden within the back pack.

The substance was field tested and results showed it to be heroin. The heroin, weighing approximately 3.4 pounds, was seized.

Mayorga was placed under arrest and his custody was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

"The hard work and expertise of our officers continues to add to the safety of our community by disrupting the illegal contraband of money and drugs," said San Juan Area Port Director Maria Palmer.


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February 3, 2021