Narco-sub packed to the rafters with record-breaking 5,500 pounds of cocaine worth $72 MILLION is seized off Puerto Rico's coast By Adry Torres For Dailymail.com | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Narco-sub packed to the rafters with record-breaking 5,500 pounds of cocaine worth $72 MILLION is seized off Puerto Rico's coast By Adry Torres For Dailymail.com

  • Arturo González-Quiñones, Freiman Yepes-Ospina, and José Álvaro Córdoba-Rentería were arrested in a sub with 2,500 kilos of cocaine April 8
  • A federal grand jury indicted the three suspects on four counts, including conspiracy to traffic large quantities of cocaine
  • W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney District of Puerto Rico, said the seizure is the largest in the history of the U.S. territory
  • More than 17,000 kilos of cocaine, worth $500 million, have been confiscated by the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force during fiscal year 2021


Federal agents from Puerto Rico seized a record 2,500 kilos of cocaine off a man-made submarine from Colombia earlier this month.

The vessel is the first of its kind to be intercepted off the U.S. territory island's Caribbean Sea, W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney District of Puerto Rico, said in a press conference Monday.

The semi-submersible vessel set off from Colombia and was headed to Puerto Rico to deliver a shipment of cocaine worth $72 million when it was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard at least 152 miles off the northern coast of the Colombian port city of Punta Gallinas on April 8.

Colombian nationals Arturo González-Quiñones, Freiman Yepes-Ospina, and José Álvaro Córdoba-Rentería were arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury April 4.

They were charged in a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy to possess a large quantity of cocaine with the intent to distribute it in Puerto Rico.

Muldrow revealed González-Quiñones is the same person he accused in a separate drug trafficking case during his time as a federal prosecutor in Tampa, Florida, in 2008.

González-Quiñones was released on bail in 2019, according to Telemundo Puerto Rico.

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