CBP notes jump in Puerto Rico, USVI drug seizures

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it seized more than 43,000 pounds (19,500 kilograms) of drugs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the past fiscal year.

Spokesman Jeffrey Quinones says the drugs seized were worth an estimated $400 million and represent a 37 percent increase from the previous year. He said Wednesday that agents also seized $5.8 million in cash tied to drug smuggling and not declared at entry ports.

Officials patrolling both islands also detained 702 illegal immigrants, up 14 percent from the previous year. Of those detained, 160 were prosecuted.

The numbers cover fiscal year October 2011 to September 2012.

Authorities also said the flow of illegal immigrants between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has dropped by 90 percent in five years.

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