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San Juan, Puerto Rico - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 7.3 kilograms (16 pounds) of heroin concealed within a vehicle arriving from the Dominican Republic on the ferry on Monday.  

While performing inbound inspections of passenger vehicles that arrived from Dominican Republic onboard the M/V Caribbean Fantasy, CBP officers performed a thorough inspection of one of the vehicles and discovered, hidden within it, 9 packages of a substance which subsequently field tested positive for the properties of heroin.  The heroin weighed approximately 16 pounds, with an estimated value of $420,000.

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, Jaironel Lajara, 23, a United States citizen and resident of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is leading an investigation and presented charges against Mr. Lajara for consideration by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, which accepted prosecution.  Another individual has been arrested in connection with this incident.

CBP uses sophisticated methods to identify and target potentially high-risk passengers and cargo, including advanced electronic information about every passenger and cargo shipment entering into the U.S. before their arrival.  “CBP officers remain vigilant in the protection of our borders and will continue to use their training and expertise to detect those that intend to introduce contraband through our borders”, stated San Juan Area Port Director Juan Hurtado.

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4 comment(s)
Written by: BASTA, 19 Jun 2013 4:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
Ho hum!
Written by: danny00, 19 Jun 2013 4:22 PM
From: United States, Acropolis 123 santo DOMINGO
They should try the Choo Choo train......... The ferry is Crap.......... Why not Stuff the Chickens full of Drugs?........ No one on the Choo choo would ever think their was Drugs inside the Chickens....... They would only think about eating the Fat Birds.
Written by: Vivacuba, 20 Jun 2013 3:11 AM
From: Dominican Republic
the District of Puerto Rico? What a joke. The U.S. criminals stole pueto rico
Written by: Grosero, 22 Jun 2013 7:32 AM
From: United States
yet - whole container loads of this crap makes it way into every port in every city everyday in america - why must you ask - the bagman made his daily on time!

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