44 kilos of cocaine from the Dominican Republic seized in Puerto Rico

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported this Wednesday that it seized in the port of San Juan a shipment of 96 pounds (44 kilos) of cocaine valued at 1.3 million dollars, within a ship from the Dominican Republic.

As detailed by CBP in a press release, the drug was found inside a cooling fan of a container on board the M / V GH Pampero freighter, which arrived at a San Juan dock from the Rio Haina port, in the Dominican Republic. .

No one related to the drug shipment has been arrested.

According to CBP, a smuggling control team from their agency boarded the vessel for a routine inspection of the containers using non-intrusive inspection technology.

One container was further inspected, opening its container cooling vent access panel, where CBP officers discovered 41 brick-shaped objects, which subsequently tested positive for cocaine properties.

“Smugglers continue to find means to conceal their illicit drug shipments in the international supply chain,” said Noel De Jesús, Acting Associate Director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, in the statement. .

“The experience of our officers, along with the use of all available tools, resulted in the detection of these narcotics. Our communities can feel more secure knowing that the men and women of CBP are securing their borders,” he added.

CBP is a border agency whose mission is to keep terrorists out of United States territory. EFE

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