$42.8 Million in Cocaine Seized in San Juan, Puerto RicoPosted on April 3, 2014
On Thursday, April 3, 2014, a Maritime Patrol Aircraft, operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protections Office of Air and Marine, observed a 30 foot twin engine wooden vessel headed north toward Puerto Rico at approximately 25 knots.
With the aircrafts assistance, Marine Patrol Units intercepted the vessel as it made landfall near Patillas along the Puerto Rican shoreline. The vessel’s three occupants fled on foot, disappearing into the vegetation. They were not successfully located.
A search of their vessel uncovered 55 bales filled with bricks of cocaine. The total weight of these bales came to 3,373 pounds, with an estimated street value of $42.8 million.
Homeland Security Investigations agents seized the cocaine and the vessel.
Earlier that same week, federal authorities intercepted another vessel carrying 61 bales of cocaine just north of Puerto Rico. This find weighed more than 3,900 pounds, with an estimated street value of $50 million.
Two crew members were taken into custody in this second incident.