A makeshift wooden vessel carrying two men from the Dominican Republic was spotted and intercepted three miles off the coast of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Thursday morning.
The men were traveling with a “significant amount of weapons and ammo,” a CBP spokesman told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The two men were arrested and the vessel was seized.
“Transnational Criminal organizations regularly transport narcotics and undocumented migrants … into western Puerto Rico,” CBP Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Quiñones told the DCNF.
“In the past we have seized individual weapons that have been in the possession of smugglers. This is an unusual incident.”
CBP agents seized five firearms and $16,000 in cash, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Michael E. Estrada tweeted.
Earlier today, Ramey #USBP agents detected a vessel and coordinated with #PRPD for intercept. The interdiction resulted in the arrest of 2 illegal aliens along with the seizure of weapons (to include assault riffles), ammunition, and 16k US.#RameyBPdetections #Keepthemcoming pic.twitter.com/dZlaTH1i9R
— (A) Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Michael E. Estrada (@USBPDepChiefRMY) August 20, 2020
Agents seized around 575 rounds of ammunition.
They also found four pocket knives and three bottles of tequila which were not counted for seizure purposes.
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