NEW JERSEY (FOX 5 NY) - Authorities found 3,200 pounds of cocaine in a shipping container a the Port of New York/Newark in the largest seizure in nearly 25 years and second largest ever at the port. The drugs have an estimated street value of $77,000,000.
The drugs were uncovered on February 28. A search of a shipping container entering the United States uncovereded sixty packages containing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.
"This is a significant seizure," said Troy Miller, Director, New York Field Operations. "This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.”
"Cocaine, New York’s nemesis of the 90s, is back-indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan.
U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers were the ones who seized the drugs. They turned them over to agents from Homeland Security Investigations for further investigations.
A Customs spokesman says the container was recovered from a ship that originated in South America. No arrests were announced in connection with the seizure.