U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents interdicted a vessel with three men on board, seizing $1.2 million in bulk currency.
“Our vigilance and patrolling operations cover the whole archipelago of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands,” stated Hector Rojas, Acting Director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. “We leverage our advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities to detect and interdict them throughout our coastal borders.”
An AMO crew detected a 22-foot center console vessel, with 3 persons visible on board, navigating at high speed towards St. Thomas.
AMO maintained surveillance contacting the St Thomas AMO Marine Unit in order to interdict.
AMO Agents reached Stumpy Bay, where they found a Ford Explorer traveling rapidly up a dirt road from the beach. The vehicle occupants fled and a search ensued. AMO Agents discovered 3 bags in the rear compartment of a vehicle which contained bulk U.S. Currency in shrink wrap.
With the assistance of CBP Field Operations, Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Administration agents and officers, three men were arrested.
Homeland Security Investigations assumed custody of the subjects and currency for further investigation.