AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – US Border Patrol and the Puerto Rico Police Bureau discovered 238 pounds (117 Kilos) of cocaine Sunday near Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo. The estimated value of the seized contraband is $ 2.9 million.
“This is just a dent in this drug trafficking business. Every time a shipment of narcotics enters Puerto Rico, a series of criminal events is triggered that almost always ends in violence and murder,” stated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector. “It is everyone's responsibility to ensure our safety and improve our quality of life in Puerto Rico. We ask that you report any suspicious activity in your community. It's up to all of us. ”
Ramey Border Patrol agents responded to a maritime smuggling event that took place near Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo, PR. Border Patrol agents along with Puerto Rico Police searched the area finding a 19 foot, Wellcraft center console vessel with bales of contraband inside three gas containers. No arrest were made.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) San Juan Criminal Enterprise Squad assumed custody of the contraband for investigation.
The Ramey Sector is one of the twenty-one Sectors spread out across the United States. Encompassing the U.S. territorial islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it is the only Border Patrol Sector located outside the continental United States. The Sector's entire border area is made up of coastline and its area of responsibility is made up of some 6,000 square miles of land and water area, including the twelve-mile band of territorial water surrounding the Islands.
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