U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, along with Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, seized more than $60 million worth of cocaine and marijuana in Puerto Rico during the period of one week, the federal agency announced late Wednesday.
"From Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, HSI special agents and its CCSF counterparts seized 2,386 kilograms of cocaine and 1,010 kilograms of marijuana which represented one the largest seizures since the creation of the strike force," according to an ICE press release.
Nine individuals were also arrested for drug trafficking in the bust.
On Aug. 23, a routine patrol aircraft apprehended four people and 1,010 kilograms of marijuana off the coast of Blanquilla, Venezuela. Two days later, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a 26-foot vessel off the coast of San Juan. Inspection of the boat revealed 1,078 kilograms of cocaine. Three Dominican individuals were arrested in connection with the seizure of narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detected a suspicious vessel near Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Aug. 28. Officials saw individuals unloading what was later determined to be 308 kilograms of cocaine. Those in the boat and on shore were taken into custody.
Finally on Aug. 30, CCSF agents and officers seized 1,000 kilograms of narcotics in Loiza, Puerto Rico.
CCSF falls under the U.S. Attorney's Office and was created to dismantle major drug trafficking organizations in the Caribbean, as well as South American-based cartels attempting to move products through the Caribbean.