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Agents of the Costanera Guard and the Interinstitutional Group of Borders of the Caribbean (CBIG) seized 2,324 pounds of cocaine, estimated at $ 30 million dollars, after the interdiction of a fast boat last Saturday in waters of Luquillo .
Lieutenant Katherine Ustler, commander of the Costanera Guard, explained in written statements that during a routine patrol the crew of Donald Horsley detected a suspicious ship at 1:16 am on Saturday morning. The vessel was in transit with no navigation lights and three people on board, approximately nine nautical miles off the coast of Luquillo, Puerto Rico.
Agents from the San Juan de la Guardia Costanera sector alerted CBIG partner agencies while Donald Horsley remained in pursuit of the vessel with the assistance of the Over the Horizon IV cutter.
Upon detecting the presence of the authorities, the occupants of the vessel attempted to flee the area at high speed. During the chase, Horsley’s team watched the suspected smugglers throw numerous bullets of their cargo overboard. Shortly thereafter, the vessel reached land near La Pared beach in Luquillo, where the smugglers fled the area and left the boat with the rest of the cargo on board.
With the collaboration of federal agencies and the Puerto Rico Police and the United Rapid Action Forces (FURA), the 47 bales of drugs that were thrown into the water were recovered. The recovered load tested positive for cocaine. The contraband seized is under the custody of ICE-HSI, which is leading the investigation of this case.