Philadelphia, PA — US customs and border protection agents seized sizeable black duffel bags containing more than half a ton of cocaine from a ship that had recently arrived at the Philadelphia port.  Authorities reported that the drugs had a street value of approximately $38 million.

Taking a half-ton of dangerous drugs out of circulation is a significant success for this collective team of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who work very hard every day to keep people safe,” said Casey Durst of the CBP.

The drugs were found inside one of the containers that have been offloaded from the MSC Desiree.  The ship recently arrived from Guatemala and was being tracked during a federal investigation.

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“The cocaine weighed 537.6 kg or 1185 lbs. 3 oz., with a street value of approximately $38 million,” said CPB authorities.  The drugs were packaged as 450 bricks which were found in 13 large black duffel bags, and the shipping container itself was carrying natural rubber commodities.

CPB officers seized the cocaine and Homeland Security investigators will continue with the investigation.

This is CBP’s fourth largest cocaine seizure in the Area Port of Philadelphia, and the largest since a 1,945-pound cocaine seizure May 23, 1998

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