DEA Arrests 36 In Drug Smuggling Crackdown At Airports In Puerto Rico, Miami and Dallas Ft. WorthSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:49
DEA Arrests 36 In Drug Smuggling Crackdown At Airports In Puerto Rico, Miami and Dallas Ft. Worth
June 06, 2012
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. federal agents say they raided Puerto Rico's main international airport and other areas early Wednesday, arresting at least 33 people suspected of smuggling millions of dollars' worth of drugs aboard commercial flights.
Three other suspects were arrested in the U.S.: two workers at Miami's international airport and another at the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The suspects were members of two Puerto Rico-based drug trafficking organizations that would work with each other, and one of them was run by a woman, officials said.
"We have dismantled the two most significant drug operations at the airport," said Pedro Janer, acting special agent in charge of the DEA's Caribbean division.
The suspects are accused of helping move thousands of pounds (kilograms) of cocaine and several pounds (kilograms) of heroin from Puerto Rico to several U.S. cities including Miami and Newark, New Jersey, from 1999 to 2009, according to the DEA