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2 illegal immigrants caught on speeding boat with $17 million worth of cocaine

By Mason White 6:46 PM April 17, 2017
Cocaine seized from boat
Cocaine seized from boat
By: Alexis Bell

Two illegal immigrants were caught on a speeding boat, attempting to enter Puerto Rico with millions of dollars worth of cocaine, according to police.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) seized 1,320 pounds (600 kilos) of cocaine on Wednesday, after intercepting the vessel near the southern coast of Porto Rico, and arresting 2 men on board.

The estimated value of the cocaine is $17 million.

“Air and Marine Agents always remain vigilant to find and arrest criminals trying to smuggle narcotics through our coastal areas,” stated Johnny Morales, Director of Air Operations at the CBP Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.

A CBP DHC-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft crew detected a speeding vessel without navigational lights moving north, with two people on board.

A CBP Interceptor from the Ponce Marine Unit approached the vessel, 4 nautical miles south of Salinas, Puerto Rico, ordering the suspects on board to stop.

CBP Marine Agents arrested the two suspects on board, one claiming to be from the Dominican Republic and the other from Venezuela, and recovered 20 bales of contraband.

The contraband tested positive for cocaine and weighed approximately 1,320 pounds.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents took custody of the 2 men and the contraband for prosecution and investigation.