US Border Patrol, Toa Baja Police Seize 1,342 Pounds of Cocaine in Northern Puerto Rico

U.S. Border Patrol Agents and the Toa Baja Municipal Police seized 1,342 (609 Kilos) of cocaine left inside a smuggling vessel in El Paraiso Beach. The estimated value of the contraband is $12.7 million.

On July 7, Ramey Sector Border Patrol agents responded after the Toa Baja Municipal Police Department, an Operation Stonegarden partner, discovered a smuggling vessel beached near Playa El Paraiso.

The smuggling was vessel described as a 22′ fiberglass Eduardoño type vessel, blue in color, and powered by two 60-hp outboard engines. A thorough search revealed 14 bundles and one brick of suspected narcotics.

The bricks had a white powdery substance which tested positive for the properties of cocaine.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took custody of the contraband for investigation.

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