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CBP Seizes 54 Pounds of Cocaine Inside Container

Release Date: 
September 27, 2013

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized Thursday 54 pounds (24.35 kilos) of cocaine inside a container at the San Juan seaport.

During the inspection of containers arriving on board the maritime vessel Maersk Wismar a container was selected for secondary scrutiny. Inside CBP officers found a large duffle bag, which contained 21 bricks that later tested positive for cocaine.

"Smuggling organizations try to conceal their loads by any means possible and use many venues to avoid detection from law enforcement," stated Juan Hurtado, San Juan area port director. "Our officers remain vigilant managing all risk factors to deter these smuggling attempts."

The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $608,750.

CBP Officers contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, who responded and took custody of the seized narcotics. The HSI investigation is ongoing.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017