Drug Enforcement Administration
Skip Navigation

Press Room
News Releases
E-mail updates red envelope
Speeches & Testimony
Multi-Media Library

About Us
Organizational Chart
Programs & Operations
Wall of Honor
DEA Museum
Office Locations

Careers at DEA

DEA Drug Information
Drug Information Resources

Law Enforcement
Most Wanted
Major Operations
Threat Assessment
Training Programs
Stats & Facts
Additional Resources

Drug Prevention
For Young Adults
For Parents
Additional Drug Resources

Diversion Control & Prescription Drugs
Cases Against Doctors

Drug Policy
Controlled Substances Act
Federal Trafficking Penalties
Drug Scheduling

Legislative Resources


Acquisitions & Contracts

Need to know more about drugs?  www.justthinktwice.com

GetSmart About Drugs - A DEA Resource for Parents

News Release
September 30, 2004

Drug Enforcement Administration And Puerto Rico Police Department Seized Over One Million In U.S. Currency

seized currencySEP 20--SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - On September 30, 2004, Special Agents form the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) seized $1,161,611.00 in drug proceeds, a 2000 Mazda 626 and arrested two illegal aliens from Colombia. PRPD Agents on patrol at the Rooms-To-Go store at Plaza Las Americas Mall observed a man, later identified as Juan Medina-Ramirez, behaving oddly with a large suitcase and shopping bag. The PRPD agents approached Medina-Ramirez who told them that he was a Colombian national. Medina-Ramirez told the agents that he did not had identification. Medina-Ramirez admitted to the PRPD Agents that he was in the country illegally. The Medina-Ramirez consented to a search of the suitcase and shopping bag which the PRPD Agents discovered contained a large amount of U.S. Currency, later counted at $584,020.00.

seized money


PRPD contacted the DEA Caribbean Division Money Laundering Task Force. During the subsequent interview, Medina-Ramirez led the Task Force Agents to his girlfriend, who was lodged at a local hotel with another illegal Colombian male, later identified as Hemerson Bolanos. A search of the hotel room produced another $37,280.00. During questioning, the woman stated that Medina-Ramirez had additional monies at her nearby apartment. At the apartment, agents discovered numerous suitcases and shopping bags containing another $540,311.00.

Medina-Ramirez and Bolanos, both illegal aliens from Colombia, were turned over to agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) whom deported them to Colombia. The DEA Caribbean Division Money Laundering Task continues the investigation.

Home USDOJ.GOV Privacy Policy Contact Us Site Map