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ICE Agents Seize $25M Worth of Cocaine Near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico have seized $25 million worth of cocaine in waters off an outer island.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE) said Friday that nearly 2,400 pounds (1,100 kilograms) were found aboard a boat near the 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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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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