US Border Patrol, PRPD Seize 193 Pounds of Cocaine Found near Loiza, Puerto Rico
FAJARDO, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol agents and Puerto Rico Police seized Friday 193 pounds (87.4 Kilos) of cocaine found inside an abandoned vessel that made landfall in Loiza, Puerto Rico. The estimated value of the seized contraband is $2.3 million.
On Sept. 18, Ramey Border Patrol Agents, the Puerto Rico Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations responded to a maritime smuggling event that took place near Loiza.
Border Patrol Agents found a 22-foot yola-type homemade vessel with two outboard engines. The vessel contained items originating in the Dominican Republic.
Agents conducted an extensive search of the area and found bales with bricks that field tested positive to the properties of cocaine. No arrest were made.
The Ramey Sector is the newest 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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