SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF), seized 1,103 kilograms of cocaine and arrested two individuals for drug trafficking Monday. The cocaine had an estimated street value of $30 million.
On March 3, a maritime patrol aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami detected a suspicious go-fast vessel with two outboard engines and two subjects onboard traveling northbound and without navigation lights 20 nautical miles south of Ponce.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) dispatched a marine unit to intercept the suspicious vessel for further inspection.
CBP officers intercepted the go-fast vessel approximately six miles south of Ponce, and arrested Gregorio Rodriguez and Englis Perez, both citizens of the Dominican Republic, upon the discovery of 38 bales containing approximately 1,103 kilograms of cocaine.
HSI special agents took custody of the individuals and the contraband and the investigation is ongoing.
Those arrested were transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo awaiting the outcome of their case.
If convicted, Rodriguez and Perez could face a sentence from 10 years up to life in prison.