AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO—Several courier packages were seized this week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Rafael Hernandez International Airport containing 11 gold bars arriving from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
In mid-December, 2012, CBP officers at the Aguadilla inspection facility came upon six unusually heavy shipments arriving from Curacao which rendered a more intrusive inspection. The inspection revealed several gold bars.
"This seizure proves once more that CBP officers at our ports of entry are very vigilant and will continue working with our partners to identify contraband arriving from abroad," stated Marcelino Borges, director of CBP field operations for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "We will not tolerate the introduction of contraband into our jurisdiction whether it is in the form of narcotics or any other type."
The total weight for the gold bars is approximately 76.5 pounds (34.70 kilos) and an estimated value of $1.7M.
The gold bars were transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
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.