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CBP, Puerto Rico Police Seize 58 Pounds of Cocaine in Car Arriving on Ferry

Release Date: 
August 26, 2013

FAJARDO, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol and Puerto Rico police seized early Friday 58.6 pounds (26.6 kilos) of cocaine inside the trunk of a vehicle arriving on the Fajardo ferry. The estimated value of the cocaine is $665,000 and the vehicles' driver was arrested.

Supporting a Puerto Rico Police inspection of the Culebra ferry operation, a CBP Border Patrol K9 alerted the presence of narcotics inside the trunk area of a small Toyota Yaris vehicle.

After requesting and obtaining consent from the driver, a Border Patrol agent found 4 black backpacks that had several vacuum-sealed packages that later field-tested positive to cocaine.

Puerto Rico police arrested the driver Emanuel Alexander Fuentes-Bonilla, 24.

The subject and the contraband were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017