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CBP-AMO seizes 20 million of cocaine from a vessel near Guayama

CBP-AMO seizes 20 million of cocaine from a vessel near Guayama
Archive image: A CBP-AMO (US Customs and Border Protección, Air and Marine Operations) Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft ,(MEA) lands in Jacksonville, Florida Sept. 5, 2019.
Aircraft are being repositioned to North Carolina for response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
U.S. Customs and Border Protección photo by Ozzy Trevino.

PONCE, Puerto Rico — CBP-AMO (US Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations) agents seized Monday 1,987pounds (901.2 kilos) of cocaine from a vessel attempting to reach the coast of Guayama, Puerto Rico. The estimated street value of the contraband is $20.7 million.

“Even as we mourn our fallen colleague, our determination remains steadfast to detect and intercept any attempts to smuggle contraband to our shores,” stated Augusto Reyes, Director of Air and Marine Operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

On Nov.28, the crew of an AMO Multi Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) detected a go-fast vessel with two outboard engines and three persons on board moving north towards the islands southern coast.

The CBP-AMO MEA crew maintained surveillance of the vessel assisting Ponce and Fajardo based Coastal Interceptor Vessel crews to interdict the suspect vessel 20 nautical miles offshore Puerto Rico. The CBP-AMO agents intercepted the vesse near Guayama and found 31 bales of cocaine and four males who claimed to be from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) took custody of the contraband and the individuals for investigation and prosecution.

AMO safeguards U.S. Nation by anticipating and confronting security threats through our aviation and maritime law enforcement expertise, innovative capabilities, and partnerships at the border and beyond.  With approximately 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft, and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO conducts its mission in the air and maritime environments at and beyond the border, and within the nation’s interior.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.

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