AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -US Border Patrol and the Puerto Rico Police Department Joint Forces for Rapid Action (FURA) detected and intercepted Thursday a “yola” type vessel with four illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic who were attempting to smuggle 1,303 pounds (591 Kilos) of cocaine near Rincon. The estimated value of the seized cocaine is $14.8 million.
“We will continue to disrupt and apprehend smugglers that attempt to smuggle people and narcotics across our borders,” indicated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent for the Ramey Sector. “Having a dedicated workforce partner up with other professionals dedicated to the border security mission is the key to success. Great job by all.”
Ramey Station Border Patrol agents detected a vessel traveling without navigational lights eastbound approximately six nautical miles west of Rincon.
Agents contacted a FURA marine unit, an Operation Stonegarden partner, that intercepted the 20 feet long fiberglass homemade vessel approximately six miles west of Rincon, PR and encountered four subjects onboard (all adult males) which claimed to be Dominican Republic nationals.