Fajardo – Customs and Border Protection agents attached to Air and Marine Operations (AMO), seized 80 bales of cocaine weighing 3,941 pounds (1,787.4 Kilos) on Tuesday and arrested two US citizens who were trying to reach the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
The estimated value of the cocaine seized is $ 44.7 million.
“AMO takes advantage of all its resources to intercept smugglers in this area,” said Johnny Morales, Director of Air and Maritime Operations for the Caribbean Air and Navy Branch in written communication.
On September 15, the Caribbean Air and Maritime Operations (CAMB) launched a stand-out Aircraft assigned to the New Orleans AMO to conduct a Border Security Patrol in the east and southeast of Puerto Rico.
Around midnight, the aircrew detected a suspicious ship approximately 75 nautical miles south of St, Croix, US Virgin Islands, sailing north at high speed.
The New Orleans crew contacted the AMO Marine Units and maintained vigilance to assist in the interception, as the vessel proceeded toward Vieques, Puerto Rico.
The AMO Marine Unit intercepted the suspicious vessel in Vieques waters.
AMO Marine agents arrested two US citizens and found 80 bales containing bricks, which tested positive for the properties of cocaine.
The Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) assumed custody of the defendants and the seized cocaine for investigation and prosecution.