Puerto Rican cops collar dozens in major drug bust

The suspects are accused of trafficking crack, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication in the southern coastal city of Ponce, according to US Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez.

Rodriguez added that the suspects began operating the ring in 2003 at a public housing project.

The arrests were carried out by Puerto Rico police and agents with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with help from other federal and local authorities.

The same day, in an unrelated case, the FBI announced two arrests involving more than US$7 million worth of cocaine.

According to FBI spokesman Moises Quinones, one of the suspects had jumped from a boat that authorities detected travelling toward Puerto Rico’s south coast late last year, while the other suspect was one of eight people awaiting the alleged drug shipment at a beach in the island’s southern region.

About 318 kilograms (700 pounds) of cocaine had been found in the boat, the federal agent said.

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