HIDTA Fajardo Task Force Seize $261,285.00
at the Fajardo Municipal
September 18, 2004, PRPD Fajardo, Puerto Rico Narcotics Division
officers were at the Fajardo Municipal Airport observing passengers
from the offshore island of Culebra. The officers recognized drug
trafficker Francisco PEREZ-Polanco as he was arriving from Culebra.
PEREZ was on bail as a result of drug charges related to the possession
of 6 kilograms of cocaine for which he had been arrested by PRPD
on April 26, 2004 and is awaiting trial. The PRPD officers followed
PEREZ as he departed the airport. When a marked unit attempted to
conduct a vehicle stop, PEREZ bailed out of the car and a chase ensued.
While running away from the officers, PEREZ was seen carrying two
black carry-on bags. The officers were able to apprehend PEREZ and
found him in possession of a large sum of U.S. currency concealed
in the two black bags.
requested the assistance of the DEA HIDTA Fajardo Task Force. PEREZ
admitted to the DEA agents that he was carrying approximately
$250,000.00 and that it was derived from drug trafficking. PEREZ also
stated that the money was intended to pay-off a drug debt. The HIDTA
Task Force continues the investigation. DEA HIDTA Fajardo Task Force
and PRPD Narcotics Division continue a joint effort to combat drug
trafficking and money laundering trough the Fajardo Municipal Airport.
The Fajardo Municipal Airport is a favorite of tourists and business
people commuting from Puerto Rico to the off-shore islands of Culebra
and Vieques and vacationing to other islands throughout the Caribbean,
which makes it susceptible to drug and money laundering activity.