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Puerto Rico Police Department Seizes $13.5M Worth of Cocaine In Two Operations Today


SAN JUAN — Three men are in custody after police in Puerto Rico seized shipments of cocaine worth an estimated $13.5 million during two operations.

Police said today that they seized 25 bricks of cocaine worth an estimated $12.5 million from a 35-foot wooden boat off Puerto Rico’s east coast near Ceiba.

They said that three male Puerto Rico residents on board were arrested.

Police also reported another $1 million worth of cocaine was found today in an abandoned boat off the island’s west coast near Camuy.

Police said the boat came from the Dominican Republic and was also used to bring migrants to Puerto Rico.

Police referred each case to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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