U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Wilmington seized 99.66 pounds of cocaine on Wednesday.
The cocaine was hidden in the corrugated bottoms of 20 cardboard boxes containing pineapples from San Carlos, Costa Rica. The shipment was destined to Clifton, NJ.
Value of the cocaine was not listed in the CBP release. Based on street values of previous seizures, the price tag is $6 million or more.
The CBP Wilmington Advanced Targeting Unit (ATU), U.S. Coast Guard targeting unit, and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug Taskforce CBP Liaison, were involved in the seizure.
A K9 reacted to the shipment which upon further inspection led to the discovery, a release stated.
“Part of CBP’s mission is to prevent illicit narcotics from entering the U.S. utilizing all the resources at our disposal – technology, K9s, CBP officers, and our law enforcement partners,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s field operations Director in Baltimore. “This interception is a great example of the results we can accomplish working with our partners across the law enforcement community.”
CBP routinely conducts random inspection operations on international passengers and cargo and searches for narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other products.