US CBP agents seize 395 pounds of cocaine concealed inside a vessel entering Rincon, Puerto Rico

Ramey Station Border Patrol agents Tuesday arrested a U.S. citizen and seized 395 pounds (179.22 kilograms) of cocaine concealed inside a vessel located in the coastal town of Rincon.  The estimated value of the seized narcotics is approximately $4.4 million.

“The vigilant and dedicated efforts of our Border Patrol Agents resulted in the successful interception and their unwavering commitment to securing our borders and protecting our communities continues to be a formidable force against illicit activities,” said Desi D. DeLeon, Chief Patrol Agent for Ramey Sector. “This significant operation underscores the relentless pursuit of justice and safety by our law enforcement, sending a clear message that illegal activities will not go unchecked on our watch.”

On February 20th, a Puerto Rico Police Joint Forced for Rapid Action (FURA, in Spanish) Marine unit escorted a vessel and its operator to the Black Eagle boat ramp in Rincon, Puerto Rico and contacted the Ramey Border Patrol station for assistance.  Upon arrival, the Border Patrol agents encountered the vessel being loaded onto a trailer. 

Border Patrol agents, along with Puerto Rico Police, CBP Air and Marine Operations, Homeland Security Investigations and Drug Enforcement Administration made an in-depth inspection of the vessel finding 157 bricks of cocaine. The contraband, vessel, vehicle, and boat trailer were seized by U.S. Border Patrol and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for investigation and prosecution.