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CBP in San Juan Seizes 6 Pounds of Heroin Concealed inside Brake Drums

Release Date: 
July 17, 2019

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 6 pounds (2.7 kilos) of heroin Monday concealed inside the rear brake drums of a van at the Pan American dock. The estimated value of the seized contraband is $162,000.  

“The means to conceal and smuggle narcotics are very creative,” stated Edwin Cruz, San Juan Area Port Director. “Nonetheless, our officers are steadfast in detecting and seizing these drugs.” CBP Officers retrieve the brake drums from the van.

On July 15, during the inspection of arriving vehicles from the San Juan-Santo Domingo ferry, a CBP K9 alerted to the rear wheels of a Ford van. 

After an intensive inspection of the wheels, the CBP Officers opened the brake drums and found 17 individual packets, which tested positive to the properties of heroin.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI ) arrested the van’s driver and assumed custody of the contraband for further investigation. 

CBP’s mission is to safeguard America’s borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.  

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Last modified: 
July 17, 2019