Isabella – Border Patrol agents, with the support of the United States Coast Guard, seized 71 kilograms (157 pounds) of cocaine on Saturday and arrested two Dominicans near Villa Montana in Isabela.
The estimated value of the cocaine seized is $ 1.9 million.
“We continue to interrupt and detain smugglers who try to smuggle people and narcotics across our borders,” said Xavier Morales, Ramey sector chief patrol agent in a written communication.
On January 23, a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft located a suspicious vessel, continued aerial surveillance, and guided Border Patrol agents to the exact location where the vessel made landfall.
Agents found two men aboard a 21-foot white and blue “yola” boat with a 40-horsepower engine.
The two people claimed to be citizens of the Dominican Republic.
Agents recovered 58 cocaine bricks and an additional 40-horsepower engine.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assumed custody of the contraband and the aliens for investigation and prosecution.
Last week, Ramey Border Patrol agents and local police seized 284 kilos of cocaine of vehicles near Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
The Ramey Sector is one of 21 sectors spread throughout the United States. Spanning the United States territorial islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, it is the only Border Patrol Sector located outside of the continental United States. The entire border area of the Sector is made up of coasts and its area of responsibility is made up of some 6,000 square miles of land and water, including the twelve-mile strip of territorial water that surrounds the Islands.