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U.S. Customs and Border Protection air and sea operations made a huge cocaine deal earlier this week when officers transported nearly 800 pounds during an attempted smuggling off the coast of Puerto Rico.
CBP officers on Wednesday intercepted a boat carrying 794 books of contraband, with an estimated value of $7.5 million.
“AMO officers continue to use their knowledge of our maritime context to detect and intercept contraband smuggled into our coastal borders,” Augusto Reyes, director of the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch, said in a statement.
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While on patrol June 1, Mayaguez maritime interdiction officers found the vessel with three people on board, CBP said. Officers then escorted the vessel to the boathouse in Mayaguez, where they inspected it and used a Puerto Rico Police Department K-9 unit to discover the cocaine.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents then arrested the three men and seized the illicit drugs.
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On Friday, CBP officers seized 23 pounds of cocaine, worth $378,000, from a US resident traveling from the Dominican Republic to North Carolina.
In a statement, CBP said Alexander A. Lopez-Morel, 22, was arrested after using his electric wheelchair to try to conceal the drugs.
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Air and maritime operations operate across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with approximately 1,800 federal agents and other personnel under its responsibility, CBP said. The unit also has 240 aircraft and 300 ships which it uses to conduct its operations.