ICE: Caribbean Sea Marijuana Arrest – 3,500 pounds of marijuana was seized and five people were arrested aboard ship An-Nur. Wholesale drug value $3.5 million.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Coast Guard and other Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF) partners, seized 3,500 pounds of marijuana July 8 and arrested five individuals for conspiracy to possess a controlled substance on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
“HSI will continue working with our CCSF partners to investigate and prosecute those who, in flagrant disregard of our laws and way of life, try to smuggle or transport illegal contraband into or outside our area of jurisdiction,” said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. “This seizure demonstrates what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies work together with vigilance and a commitment to enforce our nation’s customs laws.”
While on patrol July 8, the Coast Guard Cutter Northland detected a suspicious 68-foot motor vessel transiting the Caribbean Sea with five crew members aboard.
The Northland crew seized the marijuana; detained the crew composed of Michael Dacosta, Shawn A. Ally, Nolan E. Connelly, Ron D. Griffith and Owen K. Drakes; and transferred the illegal drug shipment to CCSF special agents who will be leading a criminal investigation into the case.
If convicted, those arrested face a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
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