CBP seizes more than $19M of cocaine found inside a pineapple shipment: officials
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday that cocaine valued at more than $19 million was seized after being discovered inside a shipment of pineapples.
The cargo of fruit came from Colombia and arrived at the Savannah seaport in Georgia in November; it was intercepted by CBP Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers and underwent an examination, the agency said in a news release.
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Hidden within the shipment was 450 packages that weighed more than 1,100 pounds, according to officials.
“A subsequent field test confirmed that the packages contained cocaine,” CBP said.
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Authorities are investigating the drug haul, which netted an estimated $19.1 million, the news release said.
It was hailed by Savannah CBP Area Port Director Lisa Beth Brown as “an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers.”