Cocaine worth $77M seized at New York-area port

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 14:21:38-04

NEWARK, NJ — U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents seized nearly 3,200 pounds of cocaine at Port of New York/Newark on Feb. 28. The cocaine seizure is the second largest at this port.

The seizure was a joint effort between CBP, the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York Police Department and New York State Police.

“This is a significant seizure, in fact, it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994” said Troy Miller, Director, New York Field Operations. “The ongoing partnership between CBP, USCG, HSI, DEA, NYPD, and NYSP continues to produce results that protect the American public. This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.”

In a press release, CBP said a shipping container entering the United States was found with sixty packages containing a white powdery substance which field-tested positive for cocaine.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $77 million.