The authorities of a hefty $38 million cocaine seizure on Tuesday was the largest for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Area Port of Philadelphia in more than two decades, officials said.
(Customs and Border Protection)
The authorities of a hefty $38 million cocaine seizure on Tuesday, the largest for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Area Port of Philadelphia in more than two decades, officials said.
The drug of the loot was found during a check of the entered containers in the city’s seaport, CBP said in a press release on Thursday. It was a multi-agency effort, led by CBP and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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More than a dozen black duffel bags holding “a combined 450 bricks of a white powdery substance” later confirmed to be cocaine were located in one of the containers, the agency said. The drugs weighed approximately 1,185 pounds, they will be added.
“The container of the commodity was natural rubber, which was loaded in Guatemala,” the press release said.
Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in Baltimore, greeted the team that conducted the fear.
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“Take a half-ton of dangerous drugs and driving is a big success for this collective team of federal, state and local police, who work very hard every day to keep people safe,” Durst said. “Customs and Border Protection remains committed to working with our law enforcement partners and disrupting the smuggling of narcotics attempts in the Area Port of Philadelphia.”
The cocaine confiscation is the largest for the CBP Area Port of Philadelphia since May 1998, the agency said.