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Puerto Rico

May 2012 | Ratings Update

A recent spate of cocaine seizures by the Puerto Rican authorities serve to highlight the importance of the commonwealth as a trafficking route for the regional drugs trade. In April Puerto Rico's Customs and Border Protection found over 160 kilos of cocaine in three different incidents, and in early May the Caribbean Border Interagency Group arrested two smugglers carrying another 154 kilos off the northern coast of the island. While the seizures will no doubt be viewed as a success on behalf of the border authorities, we believe the Puerto Rican government lacks the resources to end smuggling in the commonwealth, implying drug-related crime will continue to blight the island.

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