U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 96 pounds (44 kilos) of cocaine within a cooling vent of a container on board cargo vessel M/V GH Pampero calling the port of San Juan from Rio Haina, Dominican Republic. The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $1.3 million.
“Smugglers continue find means to conceal their illicit drug loads into the international supply chain”, stated Noel De Jesus, Acting Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Our officers’ expertise, along with the utilization of all available tools, resulted in the detection of these narcotics. Our communities can feel safer knowing that the men and women of CBP are securing their borders.”
A CBP Contraband Enforcement Team boarded the vessel for a routine inspection of containers using non-intrusive inspection technology. One container was further inspected opening the container’s cooling vent access panel, where CBP Officers discovered forty-one (41) brick shaped objects.
The bricks tested positive to the properties of cocaine.