FBI says it has dismantled powerful Puerto Rico drug gang, accused of smuggling cocaine to US

The FBI says it has dismantled a powerful drug trafficking organization in Puerto Rico with ties to the U.S. and the Dominican Republic that generated more than $100 million in revenue.

The 27 suspects are accused of conspiring to import cocaine from the Dominican Republic into Puerto Rico to sell on the island and U.S. mainland.

Carlos Cases is the Puerto Rico-based FBI special agent in charge. He said Tuesday in a phone interview that the organization is one of the most powerful gangs operating in the Caribbean in the past 20 years.

The suspects are accused of moving at least 9,000 kilograms (19,800 pounds) of cocaine from May 2005 to June 2010 and of sending at least $8 million in cash to the Dominican Republic aboard a private yacht.