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Latino Daily News

Tuesday October 16, 2012

1,452 Pounds of Cocaine Worth $16.5 Million Seized Off Waters of Puerto Rico

1,452 Pounds of Cocaine Worth $16.5 Million Seized Off Waters of Puerto Rico

Photo: Large Cocaine Seizure in Puerto Rican Waters

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Federal law enforcement authorities arrested two smugglers, seized a go-fast vessel and a 22-bale of cocaine shipment, totaling 660 kilos (1,452 pounds) in waters south of Puerto Rico Tuesday morning.

The estimated value of the contraband is over $16.5 million.

Near midnight Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents on a routine patrol detected two men aboard a suspicious 30-foot go-fast vessel with two outboard engines adrift and multiple bales of suspected contraband onboard, approximately 55 nautical miles south of the town of Salinas, in the southern coast of Puerto Rico.

Law enforcement interdicted the go-fast vessel that had become adrift after running out of fuel.

The two suspects, Alexander Urrutia, a U.S. Citizen from Puerto Rico and Dioni Rijo a citizen of the Dominican Republic, were arrested and face federal drug smuggling charges.