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The authorities arrested nine people
The United States Coast Guard, the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and the US police partners seized 1,400 kilograms (3,086) pounds of cocaine and arrested nine suspected smugglers after the interdiction of two drug smuggling events in the Caribbean Sea last 24 and January 30.
The commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District, Eric C. Jones said in written statements that shipments of seized drugs are estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $ 46.2 million.
The ban was the result of an international law enforcement effort by multiple agencies in support of Operation Unified Resolution, Operation Caribbean Guard, the Hammer Campaign (a joint effort against narcotics of collaboration between agencies and 20 nations) and the Caribbean Corridor Attack Force (CCSF) and will be prosecuted by the United States Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Jones explained that in the first ban, the Royal Navy RFA Mounts Bay (L3008) of the United Kingdom, patrolled with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment and an armed helicopter of the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Squadron, when they detected two suspicious departures of fast ships, approximately 74 nautical miles south of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. The Coast Guard boarding team with the help of RFA Mounts Bay crew members, boarded the two suspect ships, arrested the seven men and confiscated 42 bales of alleged contraband.
In the second interdiction, according to Jones, a marine patrol aircraft detected a target of interest in a northbound direction, southeast of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic. The cutter along with a helicopter responded to intercept the quick launch. The cutter ship and the helicopter arrived on the scene and stopped the rapid march. Then the two men were arrested aboard the ship, after discovering 13 bales of alleged smuggling.
The seized contraband and detainees of both cases were handed over to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE-HSI) and special agents of the Federal Anti-Drug Agency (DEA in English) in San Juan on Tuesday.
“These bans highlight the importance of working with our partner partners, such as the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom, as well as our joint collaboration between agencies with the Department of Defense and our local and federal police in the region,” said Jones.
For his part, the federal prosecutor for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow said that “these prohibitions highlight the importance of working with our international partners in the fight against drug trafficking. These large drug seizures make our community safer by keeping narcotics out of our neighbourhoods. We commend all our partner agencies for their constant efforts. ”