This shipment from Costa Rica came with a little surprise this week, and it was destined for a NJ town: 99 pounds of cocaine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Wilmington seized the 99.66 pounds of cocaine on Wednesday, all of which were hidden within the corrugated bottoms of 20 cardboard boxes containing pineapples from San Carlos, Costa Rica.
The shipment was destined to Clifton, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A United Nations report says the cocaine has a street value of $7.6 million
The CBP Wilmington Advanced Targeting Unit, U.S. Coast Guard targeting unit, and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug Taskforce CBP Liaison, targeted the shipment. A K9 alerted to the shipment which promoted further inspection leading to the discovery of the narcotics, according to the release.
“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 illicit products, according to the release.
Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism “remains safe and strong,” according to the release.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo