From Aug. 23 to Aug. 30, HSI special agents and its CCSF counterparts seized 2,386 kilograms of cocaine and 1,010 kilograms of marijuana which represented one the largest seizures since the creation of the strike force.
- On Aug. 30, CCSF special agents and officers seized 1,000 kilograms of cocaine in the municipality of Loiza, only two days after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detected a suspicious vessel about five nautical miles north of Quebradillas Aug. 28. The boat, occupied by two men, was described as a 20-foot-long yawl sailing without navigation lights. The boat approached the beach area of Puerto Hermina where several people were seen unloading what appeared to be contraband. Minutes later, CBP watched as the boat headed north, away from the coast. Maintaining constant vigilance, CBP alerted Puerto Rico Police Department’s (PRPD) marine units to intercept the boat. PRPD arrested its two occupants, Israelin Silvestre Garcia and Juan Jose Lantiguo Nuñez, both Dominican nationals. HSI agents, who arrived at the landing location, seized 308 kilograms of cocaine.
- On Aug. 25, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted a 26-foot vessel 90 nautical miles north of San Juan carrying approximately 1,078 kilograms of cocaine. Three Dominican nationals, Policarpio Feliz Suero, Delios Feliz Suero and Alkuimede Melcede, were arrested in connection with the seizure.
- On Aug. 23, a routine patrol aircraft spotted a fast boat about 44 nautical miles northeast of Blanquilla, Venezuela, which gave the appearance of being adrift. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan diverted U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier to intercept the boat. After following international protocols, the boarding crew arrested four individuals and seized 1,010 kilograms of marijuana. Arrested individuals included: Michael Clark, Cedrick Walton, and David Mallard, all of Jamaica, and John Benn, of Antigua.