80.3 F
Charlotte Amalie
Sunday, July 3, 2022
HomeNewsPolice & CourtsFeds Pluck $2.25 Million from Sea

Feds Pluck $2.25 Million from Sea

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol – Air Marine Operations pulled $2.25 million from the Caribbean between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, according to U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Shappert said the Department of Homeland Security and Customs Border Patrol – Air Marine Operation personnel reported that while on duty in the western vicinity of St. Thomas, they spotted a vessel traveling towards St. Thomas from Puerto Rico without navigational lights. Officers observed two subjects on the unknown vessel, which was described as a 25-foot, twin-engine “yola,” tossing duffle bags overboard as CBP-AMO approached.

Federal law enforcement officers gave chase and attempted to board the unidentified vessel. The vessel was able to evade law enforcement during the pursuit.

However, CBP-AMO officers later recovered four duffel bags that had been thrown overboard. A search of the four recovered duffel bags revealed approximately $2.25 million in bulk U.S. currency that had been vacuum-sealed within numerous bundles of plastic wrappings.

Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)

Shappert said the seizure was part of an ongoing joint federal initiative between the United States Attorney’s Office District of the Virgin Islands, HSI, DEA, FBI, ATF, IRS-CI and CBP-AMO as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is focused on disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations in the Caribbean, and which seeks to seize and forfeit the proceeds of criminal activity.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

STAY CONNECTED

20,771FansLike
4,757FollowersFollow

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol – Air Marine Operations pulled $2.25 million from the Caribbean between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, according to U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert. In a statement issued Wednesday, Shappert said the Department of Homeland Security and Customs Border Patrol – Air Marine Operation personnel reported that while on duty in the western vicinity of St. Thomas, they spotted a vessel traveling towards St. Thomas from Puerto Rico without navigational lights. Officers observed two subjects on the unknown vessel, which was described as a 25-foot, twin-engine “yola,” tossing duffle bags overboard as CBP-AMO approached. Federal law enforcement officers gave chase and attempted to board the unidentified vessel. The vessel was able to evade law enforcement during the pursuit. However, CBP-AMO officers later recovered four duffel bags that had been thrown overboard. A search of the four recovered duffel bags revealed approximately $2.25 million in bulk U.S. currency that had been vacuum-sealed within numerous bundles of plastic wrappings. Shappert said the seizure was part of an ongoing joint federal initiative between the United States Attorney’s Office District of the Virgin Islands, HSI, DEA, FBI, ATF, IRS-CI and CBP-AMO as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which is focused on disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations in the Caribbean, and which seeks to seize and forfeit the proceeds of criminal activity.