Official information of CBP
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – US Customs and Border Protection officers seized 163 pounds (74 kilos) of cocaine found inside an entry container in the Dominican Republic. The estimated value of seized narcotics is $ 1.8 million.
On December 5, CBP officers inspected several containers using non-intrusive inspection systems at the Puerto Nuevo wharf, which arrived from the Dominican Republic aboard the vessel M / V Balao. An inconsistency with a container caused a more intrusive inspection.
The officers opened the container and found three bundles of canvas with 66 bricks. A field test revealed a white powdered substance, which tested positive for cocaine elements.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) assumed custody of the contraband for further investigation.
On December 3, CBP officers seized 212 pounds (96 kilos) of cocaine, worth an estimated $ 2.4 million, inside a container that arrived at the Pan American dock aboard the ferry from the Dominican Republic.
“CBP officers inspect thousands of containers. We are responsible for knowing what is inside, whether it poses a risk to the American people, or to ensure that all appropriate tariffs are collected, “said Edwin Cruz, Port Director of the San Juan Area of CBP. working with the business community, with programs such as the Container Security Initiative and the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism to increase security and safeguard the global trade industry.
CBP has undertaken a number of initiatives, such as the use of non-intrusive inspection technology, to increase its ability to examine cargo effectively without diminishing the flow of trade, which plays an important role in the US economy.