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Hidden Cocaine "Treasure" Found in the Island of Culebra, Puerto Rico

Release Date: 
August 14, 2012

Fajardo, P.R. - Federal and state law enforcement agencies in Puerto Rico recently uncovered a "hidden treasure" consisting of approximately 18 pounds of bricked cocaine buried in an area protected by Fish and Wild Life Reserve at the Municipal Island of Culebra, Puerto Rico.

On Thursday, federal agents and authorities from Puerto Rico, using maps provided by Mr. Hyden, discovered the location of the drugs and unearthed a bag containing approximately 18 pounds of bricked cocaine.

The hidden contraband allegedly was buried there several years before, after it washed up on the small island of Culebra. It is alleged that an unknown individual found and hid the contraband as far back as seven-years ago. Supposedly, he told a friend, Rodney Hyden, 54, of the buried "treasure" and Mr. Hyden began seeking help to transport it from Puerto Rico to Florida. On an undercover operation that began in early June in Jacksonville, Florida, federal and state agencies worked together to find and seize the drugs.

On Thursday, federal agents and authorities from Puerto Rico, using maps provided by Mr. Hyden, discovered the location of the drugs and unearthed a bag containing approximately 18 pounds of bricked cocaine. CBP Officers seized the drug and turned it over to Homeland Security Investigation agents for continuation of the investigation.

Mr. Hyden was arrested on Friday in St. Augustine, Florida, after he attempted to receive the contraband from undercover agents.

Agencies involved in the seizure in Puerto Rico include CBP Officers and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents from Fajardo, the Puerto Rico Police Department Forces of Rapid Action (FURA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Fish and Wild Life.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017