Authorities seized about $3.7 million in undeclared U.S. currency after searching an abandoned boat on the coast of Puerto Rico on Sunday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection first spotted the boat on the water with no lights leaving Fajardo and heading east toward the U.S. Virgin Islands, the agency said in a news release.
Suddenly the boat turned around and made its way back to Fajardo, stopping at the entrance of Rio Fajardo.
Border Patrol, CBP Air and Marine Operations and DEA agents followed the boat and found people unloading duffel bags. The unidentified occupants immediately abandoned their cargo and fled the scene.
Authorities found five duffel bags containing $3.7 million in U.S. cash, a loaded Taurus .40 caliber pistol and 63 rounds of ammunition.
“We remain committed to working with other federal and local law enforcement partners to detect and deter smuggling attempts throughout the Caribbean,” said Johnny Morales, director of Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch in a released statement.
Border Patrol said they seized the cash under failure to declare and bulk cash smuggling laws.