SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 1,024 pounds (464.5 kilos) of cocaine found inside a container, which originated in the Dominican Republic and was destined to San Juan, Puerto Rico, onboard the San Juan -Santo Domingo ferry.  The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $13.9 million.   A display of the seized narcotics.

“Transnational Criminal Organizations conceal drugs among a multitude of products shipped on the international supply chain”, stated Roberto Vaquero, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  “Our officers’ remain vigilant to explore all possible venues that smugglers use.”

During inbound operations of the M/V KYDON, a container was sent for an intrusive inspection.  The container was opened and CBP Officers discovered twelve (12) duffle bags inside the container, five (5) by the door and seven (7) commingled with the commodity.

The duffle bags were wrapped in clear plastic. One (1) of the duffle bags was opened and “brick shaped” objects were discovered. A CBP K9 alerted to the duffel bags and a field test was positive to the properties of cocaine.

A total of four hundred and fourteen (414) bricks were removed from the duffle bags.

CBP’s mission is to safeguard America’s borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation’s global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.  

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