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PURE WHITE GOLD: What 71 kilograms of cocaine looks like. CHRISTIANSTED – A native of Puerto Rico will spend about 3.83 years behind bars after admitting to bringing 156 pounds of cocaine to the waters off of St. Croix. Carmelo Cruz-Velez, 52 of San Juan was sentenced to 46 months

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WILLEMSTAD — Customs officials in the German port of Hamburg say they have seized 717 kilograms (1,580 pounds) of cocaine, which they estimate would have produced drugs with a street value of 145 million euros ($156 million). The head of the Hamburg customs investigation office, Rene Matschke, said Friday that

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EXTRA-JUDICIAL MOSQUITO DEATH SQUADS: Puerto Rico is trying to kill mosquitoes the old-fashioned way — without chemicals. CAGUAS — On this hard-hit tropical island, even the dead are getting pulled into the fight against Zika. On a recent weekday, Roberto Barrera led a team of disease investigators into a graveyard in

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GOV. RICARDO “SLICK RICKY” ROSSELLO “We’ll pay you when we can. What are you going to do? Bounce us out of the United States?” SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s government announced today another multimillion-dollar default as the crisis-wracked U.S. commonwealth seeks to restructure nearly $70 billion in public debt. The

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CBP Border Patrol Marine unit. SAN JUAN — The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says law enforcement authorities have intercepted 126 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti in four separate events since January 20. The CBP said working under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG),

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TERROR TOURISM: Welcoming American visitors to the “Emerald Isle” hasn’t always been a priority for Puerto Ricans, who still take pride today in having blown up a bomb on the floor of the U.S. Congress in the 1950’s. VIEQUES, Puerto Rico –  A small island long known as a U.S.

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MAPP: “I got mines paid up front. What about you? I don’t need no stinkin’ GERS!” NEW YORK — In a scathing report in its “Debtwire” column, Forbes Magazine said on Monday that the territory risks “capsizing” under its current debt load. The only difference between the U.S. Virgin Islands

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DEAD: HUBERT CHIM (LEFT) SAN JUAN —  Authorities in Puerto Rico say a 31-year-old tourist from California has drowned along the island’s north coast. Police on Monday said Hubert Chim was taking pictures of himself on top of a rock when a wave swept him away. They said he died

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PHILLIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — Two employees of the Dutch immigration service were arrested suspected of human smuggling, bribery and abuse of their post this week. A person with the initials “K.L.M.B.” (34) and a person with the initials “A.A.D.” (33) were arrested around 6:20 am. on Tuesday. The arrests are the

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A new joint report by two United Nations agencies says  overweight and obesity is on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting every country, except Haiti. The report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says overweight and obesity

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