Off the coast in Puerto Rico, 1.8 tons of cocaine that was supposed...

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Apr 28, 2014 15:24
Off the coast in Puerto Rico, 1.8 tons of cocaine that was supposed to be destined for the US was seized, authorities announced on April 2nd.
Allegedly, it was worth $50 million and it had been a record amount for the past few years.

On the night of April 1st, authorities intercepted a 9-meter boat that was 20 kilometers off Dorado, a resort area in Puerto Rico.
A large amount of cocaine was discovered in the boat.
Angel Melendez, the local head at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said, "We have seized more than three tons of cocaine for the last month."
Most of cocaine is smuggled through the border between the US and Mexico, but some of it has been trafficked through the Carribian Sea due to a crackdown by both countries.

A Japanese article
米自治領プエルトリコの沿岸で、米国本土に密輸される予定だったとみられるコカイン1.8トンが押収された。当局が2日明らかにした。末端価格は推計5000万ドル(約52億円)とみられ、過去数年では最大級の摘発量だという。

捜査当局は1日夜、プエルトリコ北部のリゾート地ドラドの沖合約20キロで、全長約9メートルのボートを捕捉。中から大量のコカインが見つかったという。
米国土安全保障省の移民・税関捜査局(ICE)の現地責任者アンヘル・メレンデス氏は「過去1カ月で押収したコカインの量は3トンを超える」と明らかにした。
米国本土に密輸されるコカインの多くはメキシコとの国境を経由して持ち込まれるが、両国合同の麻薬対策により、一部はカリブ海ルートに流れ始めている。
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