November 9th, 2007 03:34 EST
CBP Discovered Narcotics in Vehicle Air Conditioning
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 1.8 kilograms of heroin concealed in the air conditioning unit of a pickup. Passenger and vehicle arrived from the Dominican Republic.
A thirty three year old male arrived at the Port of Mayaguez from the Dominican Republic on board the M/V Caribbean Express. Upon arrival at the Port of Entry, Customs and Border Protection officers referred the passenger and the vehicle to secondary inspection. Detailed examination of the vehicle revealed several packages hidden in the air conditioning blower unit. Packages contained a white powdery substance that was field tested and reacted positive for heroin. A total of 1.8 kilogram was seized with a street value of $108,000. Vehicle was seized; passenger arrested and turned over to federal agents for processing.
“Customs and Border Protection continues to enforce traditional drug interdiction mission” said Marcelino Borges, Director Field Operations. “Our officers are trained in detecting concealment methods and drug smuggling techniques. This allows CBP to intercept narcotics, currency and illegal merchandise attempting to enter the country”
The San Juan Field Operations Office seized a total of 495 pounds of heroin and 5,869 pounds of cocaine during the last fiscal year. Narcotics seized had a total estimated street value of over 53 million dollars.
CBP San Juan Field Operations
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