CBP Seizes Millions in Cash, Drugs; Arrests 100s in Raids of U.S. Caribbean Territories

Author  Edited from CMC

Hundreds of illegal immigrants were apprehended and thousands of pounds of narcotics and millions in currency seized by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during operations in U.S. Caribbean territories in fiscal year 2019. 

CBP4CPB has been active in fiscal year 2019.CBP’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO), working with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, made the interceptions primarily in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

According to the CPB last month, the operation has become “anintegral part” of its procedures, “in order to manage illicit activity throughout the area.”

In total, AMO said agents seized 67,615 pounds of narcotics and $28 million in currency. Some 1,434 immigrants were apprehended throughout Puerto Rico and USVI.


The Ramey Border Patrol Sector arrested and processed 562 immigrants and other federal, state and local partners’ interdicted 876 migrants in the Caribbean Sea. The report also stated that immigrants with prior criminal history represented 28 percent of the total apprehensions. 

After a decade-long $12 million investment, with the Operation Stonegarden Grant Program, CBP said “municipal and territorial law enforcement have been able to work with the Ramey Border Patrol Sector to make a difference in protecting the border.”

CBP officers also denied entry to more than 737 people attempting to illegally enter the U.S. through air or sea ports of entry in Puerto Rico or the USVI. In addition, CBP said $16 million of undeclared currency and over 34 firearms were seized.