US Coast Guard Impounds US$29 Million Cocaine Shipment In Caribbean Sea

Recently, the United States law enforcement authorities reported that they had seized 989 kilogrammes of cocaine on a vessel in the Caribbean Sea that was bearing a St. Vincent and the Grenadines flag. After detaining the delivery vessel and coastal freighter, about eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, the US Coast Guard said it had collaborated with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in the exercise that also netted 13 men.

The Coast Guard shared, two Venezuelan nationals were charged “with conspiracy to import the aforementioned cocaine shipment”. The cocaine detained was said to value an estimated street value of US$29 million. The 267-foot St. Vincent and Grenadines flag coastal freighter Atlantic VII was being leaded by suspects from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Peru, Panama, and Ecuador. They were also charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance into the United States.

The cocaine shipment, the detained smugglers, and the delivery vessel were transferred to ICE agents for further investigation after being transported to Coast Guard Sector San Juan, as reported by the Coast Guard.

“Once again the combined efforts of federal law enforcement agencies resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of narcotics. Our message continues to be the same: we will detect and interdict drug smugglers attempting to flood our island with their poisonous cargo,” US Attorney for District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, said. “These arrests are a clear indication of the continued success of the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force.”

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