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Thursday, April 29, 2021

2.76 Tons of Cocaine Was Seized From Semi-Submersible Near Puerto Rico

 "Socalj" for Borderland Beat

US CBP & Coast Guard Seized over 2,500 kilograms of Cocaine from Semi-Submersible Near Puerto Rico

A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircraft assisted the US Coast Guard to seize approximately 2,500 kilograms of cocaine from a semi-submersible vessel. The shipment of cocaine has a wholesale value of approximately $75 million -- using a wholesale price of $30,000 per kilogram of cocaine.

On April 14, 2021, a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a four-count indictment charging three individuals with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance aboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, as well as violations of the Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act (DTVIA).

The indictment charges that, on or about April 8, 2021, on the high seas, defendants Arturo González-Quiñones, Freiman Yepes-Ospina, and José Álvaro Córdoba-Rentería, conspired to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, conspired to operate and embark in a semi-submersible vessel without nationality, and to navigate thereon into and through waters beyond the outer limit of any country’s territorial sea, with the intent to evade detection, in violation of the DTVIA.

The interdiction was the result of multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs, and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).

The OCDETF CCSF is a multi-agency task force operating in the District of Puerto Rico focusing on attacking command and control elements of Caribbean and South American-based Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs). The CCSF targets the smuggling of shipments of narcotics into Puerto Rico, the transshipment of drugs to the Continental United States, as well as the laundering of drug proceeds using bulk cash smuggling and sophisticated money laundering activities.

If convicted the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years up to life in prison on the drug trafficking charges and a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison for violations of the DTVIA (18 U.S.C. § 2285).



  1. C'mon CBP you cant lie anymore. Poor guys minding their own business were bringing the island's monthly supply of yeyo for the tourist. Nothing but scapegoats.

    1. 1:48 you are wrong mister,
      looks like the load made it home to CBP, AMO and the Coast Guard.

  2. Puerto Rico is a good spot to get cocaine into the US. Easier to get by port security, and once you’re in PR there’s no more Customs checks.

  3. A nice haul to lose

  4. What's going on as far as the transit of a load like this. Is this unloaded in pr or comes in through customs and redirected to states as checked cargo?

  5. I once also lost my load in Puerto Rico....


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