US AMO Agents Interdict Another Vessel Concealing Cocaine Northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents interdicted Thursday a vessel concealing 672 pounds (305 kilos) of cocaine northwest of the coast of Aguadilla.  The estimated value is $ 6.4 million.

“Transnational criminal organizations are relentless in attempting to smuggle contraband,” Augusto Reyes, Director of the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch.  “AMO agents are committed to use all our capabilities to interdict them throughout our area.”

On June 2, Mayaguez Marine Interdiction Agents conducting a patrol approached for inspection a vessel navigating east towards Aguadilla.

Agents inspected the two occupants, US citizens and escorted the vessel to the Mayaguez boathouse for investigation.

On the shore AMO agents requested assistance from a Puerto Rico Police Department K-9 who alerted to the presence of a smell it is trained to detect.

The AMO agents inspected the vessel finding a hidden compartment containing 305 bricks of a white powdery substance which tested positive for the properties of cocaine.

The day before, June 2, AMO agents interdicted  a vessel near Rincon finding 794 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the vessel.