U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found over 240 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container filled with beer at the New York Container Terminal in Staten Island, N.Y. The discovery was made on Jan. 5.
During a container inspection at the terminal, CBP officers working with the New York Border Enforcement Task Force (BEST) discovered a number of large bags that contained a combined 100 bricks of a white, powdery substance. A field test of the substance proved positive for cocaine. The cocaine, with an approximate street value of $5 million, was shipped from Mexico and destined for Halifax, Canada.
CBP officers seized the cocaine and turned it over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). No arrests have been made, and the investigation will continue.
“This is a significant seizure,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, New York Field Operations. “The ongoing partnership between CBP and HSI continues to produce results that protect the American public. This intercept prevents a large quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.”
CBP routinely works with its partner federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to intercept dangerous drugs before they can reach our communities. It deploys the government’s largest law enforcement work force, including air and marine assets, to protect our citizens at and between ports of entry.
To read more about Customs and Border Protection, its employees, and its mission, please visit http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/
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