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Customs Announces Largest-Ever Haul Of Cocaine In Puerto Rico Seized


SAN JUAN — U.S. authorities in Puerto Rico announced today the largest onshore seizure of illegal drugs in the history of the island: 3,933 lbs. of cocaine.

“We have made large seizures at sea, but never on land,” Ricardo Mayoral, acting special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, told a press conference.

He estimated the street value of the drugs at $45 million.

Seven men, all Dominican nationals, were arrested in connection with the case.

Four of the suspects w

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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