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CBP Seizes $4 Million Cocaine Stash in Puerto Rico Airport Luggage Bound for N.Y.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 353 pounds (160 kilos) of cocaine worth $4 million in luggage at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday. The luggage was extremely heavy, and a private aircraft service operator alerted CBP officers before it was loaded onto a private aircraft bound for New York City.

The four male passengers who checked in the luggage and chartered the flight were arrested. A CBP canine officer alerted positive to the smell of narcotics, and a field test of what appeared to be sealed bricks came back positive for cocaine.

“CBP regularly works with our industry partners to discover nefarious actors attempting to exploit the air transportation system to conceal and move contraband from Puerto Rico into the U.S. mainland,” CBP San Juan Area Port Director Edwin Cruz said in a statement.

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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