Officials seize $25M worth of cocaine near Puerto Rico

February 8, 2019

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico have seized $25 million worth of cocaine in waters near the U.S. territory.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that nearly 2,400 pounds (1,100 kilograms) were found aboard a boat near the tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Officials said they pursued the boat on Thursday but that its occupants fled once they reached Vieques, a popular tourist destination. No one has been arrested.

It is the largest reported seizure so far this year. Last month, federal authorities said they seized $10 million worth of cocaine off Puerto Rico’s north coast.

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