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Puerto Rico police seize $32M worth of cocaine; 14 detained

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP):

Authorities in Puerto Rico have seized an estimated $32 million worth of cocaine off the island's north coast.

Police Chief Jose Caldero said yesterday that officers found 2,535 pounds (1,150 kilograms) aboard a boat and detained 14 people from the Dominican Republic. He said most of the suspects were detained on land as they awaited the boat with guns and gasoline. Another three people were found aboard the boat.

Caldero said officials believe the boat departed from Venezuela and made stops in Trinidad and Tobago and St Martin.

The announcement comes as the Caribbean sees an increase in the amount of cocaine being trafficked through the region.