SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field operations officers seized 50 pounds (20.4 kilos) of cocaine inside a plastic garbage bag concealed in a vessel ship arriving from the Dominican Republic. The estimated value of the seized contraband is $571,200.
CBP officers conducting an inspection of the vessel M/V Conrad S, discovered a garbage bag inside a storage bin. Packages inside the bag were examined and contained a white powdery substance that later field-tested positive for cocaine.
“Criminal organizations seek to use the supply chain as a means to conceal and move illicit goods,” said the Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Marcelino Borges. “Our officers remain vigilant, and work with our trade partners, to detect and prevent any attempts to circumvent the security measures that are in place.”
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents assumed custody of the seized contraband for further investigation.
In addition to its own regulations, CBP enforces over 400 laws on behalf of over 40 other U.S. Government agencies.
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.