SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, CMC – The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says two men were arrested as they attempted to smuggle 38 bales of cocaine, totaling 2,432 pounds, with an approximate street value of US $27.5 million The interception and arrests took place on Monday evening at sea, south of the city of Ponce in the southern coast of Puerto Rico. CBP said the two-engine vessel was seized. Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said US Magistrate Camille L. Vélez-Rivé authorized a complaint charging Gregorio Rodríguez and Englis Pérez with conspiracy to import controlled substances. CBP said shortly before midnight on Monday, security officials were asked “to maintain surveillance of a center console vessel, of approximately 40ft in length with two outboard engines and two subjects onboard, traveling northbound and without navigation lights.
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