Federal Agents In Puerto Rico Seize $35M Worth Of Cocaine, Arrest 3 After Boat Runs Aground

(AP) — Federal agents seized an estimated $35 million worth of cocaine from a boat that ran aground a reef off Puerto Rico’s south coast, authorities said Thursday.

Two men from the Dominican Republic and a man from Colombia were arrested and accused of transporting more than 3,300 pounds (1,500 kilos) of cocaine, according to United States (US) Customs and Border Protection.

Officials said the 30-foot (nine-metre) boat was travelling north toward Puerto Rico when it was spotted on Wednesday.

It is one of the largest drug seizures in waters off Puerto Rico reported this year. A record $50 million worth of cocaine was seized in 2021 off the island’s southeast region.

The US territory is considered a transit point for drugs heading to the US mainland and other countries.