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More Drugs Passing Through Puerto Rico, Officials Say

June 12, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — Puerto Rican officials reported that 70 percent of the 1,136 murders on the island last year could be attributed to drug violence, prompting Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuño to ask the U.S. federal government to increase its assistance in patrolling Puerto Rico’s coasts. This week, Puerto Rican authorities made a major drug bust at Luis Muñóz Marín International Airport and arrested airport baggage handlers and airline workers thought to be involved in a drug-trafficking scheme. Another raid uncovered heroin and cocaine being smuggled on a boat.  U.S. officials say that 80 percent of the drugs that pass through Puerto Rico are destined for the United States, and lawmakers are scheduled to hold a congressional hearing on drug trafficking in Puerto Rico in the next month.

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