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U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Two U.S. Citizens in Cross-Border Maritime Drug Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
June 23, 2011

San Diego, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens, a 19-year-old male and 18-year-old female, yesterday for smuggling more than 240 pounds of marijuana inside a boat at Shelter Island.

Marijuana found in consoles of boat near Shelter Island.

Marijuana found in consoles of boat near Shelter Island.

At about 5:15 p.m., agents spotted a suspicious boat with two individuals onboard near Shelter Island. After the boat docked, agents questioned the boaters and became suspicious of their nervous demeanor.

A Border Patrol canine team performed a cursory inspection of the vessel resulting in a positive alert to the driver and passenger consoles. Agents searched the vessel and discovered 100 bundles of marijuana inside the consoles with a total weight of 241.2 pounds and an estimated street value of $144,720.

The suspected smugglers, drugs, and vessel were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to Homeland Security Investigations Marine Task Force.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017