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FBI dismantles powerful Puerto Rico drug group

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By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The FBI said on Tuesday that it has dismantled a powerful drug trafficking organization in Puerto Rico with ties to the United States and the Dominican Republic that generated more than $100 million in revenue.

The 27 suspects indicted are accused of conspiring to import cocaine from the Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico to sell on the mainland and in Puerto Rico's northern and central regions.

The revenue was used to buy boats, cars and businesses, according to the indictment.

The suspects are accused of moving at least 19,800 pounds of cocaine from May 2005 to June 2010 and of sending at least $8 million in cash to the Dominican Republic aboard a private yacht, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Among those indicted is Edgar Collazo Rivera, a well-known businessman.

 

 
 


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