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3 Dominican Nationals Arrested With 174 Pounds Of Cocaine Near Dorado Beach

SAN JUAN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Puerto Rico Police Department arrested three illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic and seized 174.07 pounds (78.96 Kilos) of cocaine after making landfall near a beach in Dorado.

A concerned citizen contacted CBP Public Affairs with information on suspicious activity in a Dorado Beach on Tuesday morning. 

The information was immediately relayed to the Caribbean Air and Marine Operations Center (CAMOC) and the Ramey Sector Communications for detection and response.

Ramey U.S. Border Patrol Agents, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Agents and the Puerto Rico Police Department responded to Dorado, Puerto Rico near a popular venue called El Caracol.

Border Patrol Agents confirmed the smuggling event took place and discovered 22-foot yola-type homemade vessel with two outboard engines beached on shore.

After an extensive search of the area, three illegal aliens from the Dominican Republic (all adult males) were arrested, and four bales containing bricks, which field-tested positive to the properties of cocaine.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) took custody of the three aliens and the contraband for investigation and prosecution.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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