San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized last night two gym bags with cocaine and heroin inside a container arriving from the Dominican Republic.
During inbound inspection of containers on board M/V Maesk Tarragona arriving from Caucedo, Dominican Republic, a container was randomly selected for inspection.
When the container was opened inside were two small gym bags containing 25 bricks of what field tested positive for cocaine and 13 bricks of what field tested positive for heroin. Total weight of the cocaine was 28 kilos (61.73 pounds) and the heroin weighed 5.53 kilos (12.19 pounds).
The estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $1,266,510.
The custody of the duffle bag and the narcotics was transferred to ICE Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. The CBP officer's primary mission is anti-terrorism. Everyday they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing trade laws, enforcing immigration laws, protecting the nation's food supply and protecting U.S. agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
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.