February 15, 2021
The designated commissioner of the Police Bureau of the Department of Public Security (DSP), Antonio López Figueroa, reported today that in recent weeks the personnel of the Maritime Division of the United Forces Bureau for Rapid Action (FURA) seized several millionaire shipments in the coasts of the island.
According to the officers of the Aguadilla Maritime Division, one of these interventions was today, with three people of undefined immigration status one nautical mile from Punta Borinquen in Aguadilla. In this intervention, a 19-foot-long boat was seized, containing 80 blocks of cocaine, distributed in four bundles, with an approximate value of $ 2,080,000, 1,750 pesos of Dominican coins, $ 2,061, a cell phone and two GPS.
"Once again the great work that our colleagues are doing is demonstrated. Since I assumed the reins of the Police Bureau, we have implemented a series of work plans to prevent these illegal items from entering the coasts of Puerto Rico. As part of the In the fight against drug trafficking, communication and coordination with federal agencies has been strengthened to proactively combat criminal organizations, improving monitoring of drug trafficking in order to dismantle such criminal organizations, "said the commissioner.
López Figueroa added that, as a result of these initiatives, implemented in conjunction with the secretary of the DSP, Alexis Torres, the arrests of individuals, as well as the occupation of drugs and money from illicit sources, have increased.
With this operation, 8 interventions have been carried out by FURA so far this year.
On January 8, 202, 7 blue and black packages containing 204 blocks of cocaine were seized in Fajardo, with an estimated value of $ 6,324,000
In addition, on January 9, 2021, 10 bales were seized in Manatí, which contained 217 blocks with an estimated value of 6,727,000.
In Aguadilla on January 9, 2021, five persons were intervened with an undefined migratory status and one nationalized, occupying the amount of 282.34 blocks, which the field test was carried out showing positive for cocaine, $ 6,845 cash and three vehicles of busy engine. The estimated value of the drug was $ 7,202,540.
Also, on January 29, 2021 in Loíza, a boat with four crew members transported ten bundles with 239 blocks of cocaine. The estimated value of the drug is $ 7,409,000.
Also in Levittown, on February 7, 2021, a block of cocaine was found in the Punta Salinas resort.
On February 10, 2021, 164 blocks of cocaine and 43 blocks of marijuana were seized on Los Tubos beach in Manatí. The estimated value of the drug is $ 4,414,000.
Similarly, on February 12, 2021, 13 bales with 376 blocks of cocaine were seized, with an approximate value of $ 9,776,000 in Arecibo.
And finally, today's intervention, which contained 80 blocks of cocaine.
The Police Commissioner explained that, according to preliminary data, in January 2021, the FURA Bureau seized 1,059.54 kilos of cocaine and arrested 11 people. In January 2020, 47 kilos had been seized and 4 arrests were made. In the first two weeks of February 2021, 625 kilos have been seized and 8 arrests have been made. On the same date, last year, 7 people were arrested.
"We continue to emphasize our strategies against drug trafficking, gunmen and violent crimes in order to achieve greater security for our Country and aimed at making part of the effort to our Communities, Municipal, State, Federal Agencies, civic entities, without the purpose of profit and churches in solving problems in every community, "added the commissioner.
In February 2020, $ 1,132.79 in cash was seized. For 2021, in January $ 6,845.00 in cash was confiscated and so far this month of February $2,554 has been occupied.