Officials said the cocaine is worth an estimated $77 million. It was seized on Feb. 28, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Captured at the Port of New York/Newark by multiple law enforcement agencies, officials said in a news release that the shipping container included "six packages containing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine."
“This is a significant seizure, in fact it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994,” Troy Miller, director of New York field operations for the agency, said. “This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.”
The container, according to a spokesperson for the agency, was recovered from a ship that originated in South America.
Officers turned the drugs over to federal Homeland Security officials for investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.