U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the Caribbean Border Interagency Group law enforcement authorities, seized over 2,600 pounds of cocaine, a go-fast vessel and detained two Dominican smugglers during an at-sea interdiction Sunday in the Caribbean Sea.
The drug shipment is estimated to have a wholesale value of more than $29 million.
A CBP marine surveillance aircraft detected two men aboard a suspicious 32-foot power boat Sunday afternoon, approximately 60 nautical miles south of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter interdicted the suspect vessel with the assistance of the CBP aircraft crew.
The Coast Guard boarded the interdicted vessel and discovered 40 bales of suspected contraband in plain view in the vessel’s forward compartment. A field test confirmed that the packages contained cocaine.
Monday night, the detainees along with the contraband shipment and seized vessel, were transferred to CBP field operations officers in Ponce, Puerto Rico, who in turn, transferred custody of the seizure to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.