CBP Seizes 450 Pounds of Cocaine Worth $4M in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 450 pounds (204 kilograms) of cocaine hidden inside a container chassis aboard the M/V Blue Wave, which arrived from the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. The estimated street value of the seized contraband is $4 million.

“This significant seizure of 450 pounds of cocaine by our dedicated CBP officers in San Juan underscores our unwavering commitment to protecting our borders and keeping our communities safe,” stated Roberto Vaquero, Director of Field Operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. “This finding demonstrates the relentless efforts of our team to intercept and dismantle drug trafficking networks that threaten the security of our nation. We will continue to work tirelessly, utilizing all available resources and intelligence, to combat illicit activities and safeguard the wellbeing of our citizens.”

On June 11th, the San Juan A-TCET Vessel Search Team conducted a walk-through inspection of the vessel at Pier 15. During this inspection, officers detected anomalies within the chassis of a container scheduled for unloading.

A more detailed inspection revealed 183 bricks containing a white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine.

Homeland Security Investigations is leading the ongoing investigation.–News Desk