San Juan, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday reported confiscating 11 gold bars at an airport in Puerto Rico after finding them in boxes shipped from Curacao.
The agency said in a press release that the gold ingots were found last month at the Rafael Hernández International Airport in the western city of Aguadilla.
Authorities said that the 11 bars weigh a total of approximately 34.7 kilograms (76.3 pounds) and have a total value of around $1.7 million at the current gold price. At present, it is not known who shipped them and authorities have no suspects.
"We're not going to tolerate the introduction of contraband into our jurisdiction, whether it be narcotics or any other type," said the director of field operations for the CBP for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Marcelino Borges.
The gold bars were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is investigating the matter.