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Cocaine worth US$77m found in container at the Port of New York/New Jersey

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine from a container arriving on board an unidentified ship from South America at the Port of New York/New Jersey

Cocaine worth US$77m found in container at the Port of New York/New Jersey

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine from a container arriving on board an unidentified ship from South America at the Port of New York/New Jersey

13 March 2019 - 19:00

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have seized 3,200 pounds of cocaine from a container arriving on board an unidentified ship from South America at the Port of New York/New Jersey.

In a joint operation, officers examined a container and found sixty packages containing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. Officals said the seizure is the largest illicit drugs haul at the port since 1994.



CBP did not reveal the identity of the ship, according to media reports.



The joint operation involved CBP, the US Coast Guard (USCG), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the New York State Police (NYSP).



'This is a significant seizure, in fact it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994,' said Troy Miller, director, New York Field Operations. 'The ongoing partnership between CBP, USCG, HSI, DEA, NYPD, and NYSP continues to produce results that protect the American public. This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.'



CBP officers turned over the illicit drugs to agents from Homeland Security Investigations for further investigations.


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