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Latino Daily News

Saturday February 25, 2012

Five-Day Sting Operation in Loiza, Puerto Rico Seizes Guns, Drugs with Multiple Arrests

Five-Day Sting Operation in Loiza, Puerto Rico Seizes Guns, Drugs with Multiple Arrests

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The San Juan-based, multi-agency Border Enforcement Security Task Force arrested eight individuals and seized illegal guns and drugs during a five-day operation in the municipality of Loiza, Puerto Rico.

From Feb. 13 through Feb. 17, San Juan BEST, in conjunction with federal, state and local partners, conducted “Operation Night Creepers,” a simultaneous air, sea and land operation in an effort to identify, disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations operating in the Loiza, Puerto Rico area.

The operation included road blocks by the Puerto Rico Police Department and air and sea vectoring by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard in an effort to intercept any smuggling vessels, and subsequently seize contraband and apprehend violators. This resulted in the arrests of seven individuals for possession of illegal weapons and narcotics such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine; and the interception of a vessel and the arrest of one of its occupants who was later identified as a federal fugitive with an outstanding arrest warrant for weapons violations and who is an alleged member of a violent drug trafficking organization.

The San Juan BEST incorporates law enforcement and intelligence resources from HSI, CBP, PRPD, Coast Guard, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, San Juan Police Department, Colombian National Police, Puerto Rico Ports Authority and Puerto Rico’s Department of Treasury.