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NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

San Juan CBP Officers Find Narcotics Concealed inside Books and Dry Erase Markers

Release Date: 
March 27, 2018

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found and seized 7 pounds (3 kilos) of cocaine, concealed within a parcel of books, and 17 pounds (8 kilos) of cannabis oil hidden inside a parcel of dry erase markers. The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $182,000 and $25,500 for the cannabis oil.


“Narcotics smugglers seek very creative ways to hide their product,” indicated Edwin Cruz, San Juan Area Port Director. “We have stepped up our inspection process through a risk-management based, layered enforcement approach, successfully closing routes for smugglers.”A dry erase marker in half and the vile found inside


At the air cargo operations of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, CBP officers received from the courier operators six books within a parcel with pages glued together. Upon opening each glued book, Officers discovered three packages of white bricks wrapped in plastic. Six bricks -three in each book, tested positive to cocaine.


CBP Officers randomly inspected another package declared as 17 boxes of dry erase markers, with a $200 reported customs value. They opened one of the markers finding a vacuum-sealed plastic bag inside, which contained one electronic cigarette liquid vial, testing positive to the properties of cannabis.


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.


CBP’s dual mission is to facilitate travel in the United States while we secure our borders, our people and our visitors from those that would do us harm like terrorists and terrorist weapons, criminals, and contraband.

Last modified: 
March 28, 2018