Biggest Heroin Bust In Puerto Rico

Hardbeatnews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Mon. Feb. 27, 2006: A $13 million shipment worth of heroin, the largest in Puerto Rico’s history, was last week busted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and officers of the Puerto Rico Police Department in San Juan.

The bust was made following an inspection of the M/V Caribbean Carrier, a cargo ship that arrived at the Port of San Juan on February 23 from the Dominican Republic.

Some 100.2 kilograms of heroin and 308.5 kilograms of cocaine were discovered hidden within two commercial engines inside a 20-foot freight container.
But no arrests have been made in connection with seizure with ICE officials saying only that investigation into the case is ongoing.

“Drug traffickers who think the Puerto Rico is an easy way to bring drugs into the United States need to think again,” commented Lydia St. John-Mellado, special agent-in-charge of ICE in Puerto Rico. “ICE and our Department of Homeland Security partners are vigilant and will continue using all our resources and authorities to stop illegal contraband from entering the United States through Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.”

During fiscal year 2005, ICE agents in Puerto Rico seized 5,737 kilograms of cocaine, 61 kilograms of heroin, and 1,600 kilograms of marijuana with a street value of more than $140 million. –