San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized 63 pounds of cocaine inside a container of energy drinks arriving from the Dominican Republic.
On April 3, CBP officers in San Juan randomly selected a container on board M/V Freemantle Express, arriving from Caucedo, Dominican Republic, for inspection. The container cargo was manifested as energy drinks. When CBP officers examined the shipment, one duffle bag containing 25 brick shaped objects was found inside the container. The bricks field tested positive for cocaine with an estimated street value of $627,000.
Custody of the duffle bag and the 25 bricks was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at ports of entry. The CBP officer primary mission is anti-terrorism. Everyday they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing trade laws, enforcing immigration laws, protecting the nation's food supply and protecting U.S. agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.