Three Venezuelans detained in Puerto Rico with drug stash valued at $19 million

Three Venezuelans face criminal proceedings in the United States Federal District Court in Puerto Rico, after allegedly seizing 775 kilograms of drugs


The United States Coast Guard in Puerto Rico reported that it detained three Venezuelans with approximately 1,709 pounds of cocaine (775 kilograms).

The authorities reported that the Venezuelans face criminal proceedings in the United States Federal District Court in Puerto Rico, according to the Coast Guard statement.

The seized cocaine, divided into 31 bales, has an estimated value of about 19 million dollars.

The crew of the Coast Guard Donald Horsley offloaded the cache and transferred custody of the three suspected smugglers to federal authorities on the island.

The boat in which they were transporting the cargo was detected and intercepted in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico, after a high-speed chase.

Venezuelans sentenced in Dominica

Five Venezuelans were sentenced, last Friday, September 1, to 14 years in prison on the island of Dominica for possession and trafficking of cocaine, two days after a local judge jailed another quintet of Venezuelans for the same thing.

Those arrested were identified as Wibber Jesús Delpretty Oliveros, José Del Carmen Serranda Carreno, Emerson Ricardo Machado Campos, Yofra Alexander Martínez Martínez and Luis Alfredo Machado Campos.

They face seven years in prison for cocaine possession and another seven years for drug trafficking. The penalties will be concurrent.

The five defendants were caught with the drug on August 21 at the Douglas Charles Airport, in the north of Dominica.

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