ICE agents seize approx. 500 kilograms of cocaine at sea Puerto RicoPosted on August 19, 2003
The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced the interception of a yawl 15 miles north of sector Borinquen in Aguadilla, PR, carrying approximately 500 kilograms of cocaine. Three men were also arrested during the enforcement action.
At approximately 9:25 p.m. on Aug 18, 2003, a C-12 Marine Patrol Airplane assigned to the Air & Marine Unit of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a patrol of the northwest part of Puerto Rico. Thirty minutes into the patrol, a radar operator identified a surface target of interest (STOI) in the area, which generated the dispatch of a Blackhawk helicopter at 11:38 p.m. ICE personnel then notified the Maritime Unit of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). The PRPD intercepted the 22-foot yawl at approximately 11:54 p.m. The vessel was carrying three men, all citizens of the Dominican Republic, and approximately 500 kilograms of cocaine.
"This is a tremendous effort," said Robert G. Medina, ICE Interim Special Agent-in-Charge in San Juan. "It shows the commitment of Federal and local law enforcement agencies alike to fight crime. We're sending a clear message that we will investigate and prosecute those involved in criminal activity in our jurisdiction. Today, thanks to the diligent efforts of the agencies involved-the Air and Marine Unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Puerto Rico Police Department-500 kilograms of cocaine will be kept off our streets," said Medina.
The suspects are currently in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Formal charges are expected to be filed soon.