17.4 pounds of cocaine concealed on carry-on luggage
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers discovered Sunday 7.9 kilograms (17.4 pounds) of cocaine concealed on a passengers’ carry-on luggage arriving from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The estimated value of the seized narcotics is $217,000.
During an inbound passenger inspection, a CBP canine alerted to the odor of narcotics on a passenger’s carry-on luggage. The passenger was escorted to a CBP baggage secondary inspection area, where seven (7) bricks of what appeared to be narcotics were discovered. Field test of the substance revealed it to be cocaine, with an approximate weight of 17.4 pounds.
“CBP officers remain committed to securing our borders from the illegal importation of narcotics.” said San Juan Area Port Director Edwin Cruz. “We are committed to disrupt business for drug traffickers before the drugs reach our communities and hurt its citizens.”
CBP uses sophisticated methods to identify and target potentially high-risk passengers and cargo, including advanced electronic information about every passenger and cargo shipment entering into the U.S. before their arrival, canine inspections and non-intrusive devices.
CBP officers contacted Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Special Agents, who responded and arrested the passenger, a United States citizen with residency in Texas.
CBP Office of Field Operations’ 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.
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.