SAVANNAH, Ga. — Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a record $31 million worth of cocaine at the Port of Savannah.
Officials said CBP officers on Oct. 29 found an anomaly during a search of a vessel docked from South America. When officers opened the container, they found 21 duffel bags that contained a combined 818 bricks of a white powdery substance that later positive for cocaine.
The cocaine weighed a combined 2,133 pounds, and has a street value of about $31 million.
The container was being shipped from South America to Europe. The drugs were disguised as aluminum/copper waste and scrap.
Homeland Security Investigations continue to investigate.
"Drug Trafficking Organizations are relentless in their attempts to smuggle drugs into the U.S." said Christopher Kennally, Area Port Director Savannah. "Through hard work, dedication and tireless efforts of Customs and Border Protection officers in Savannah, we will continue to hit back at the Drug Trafficking Organizations by intercepting their dangerous drugs at our ports of entry before they can harm our communities."
The seizure is CBP's largest cocaine seizure at the Port of Savannah and marks CBP's fifth narcotics interception in the seaport during the past five months.
CBP's previous record 1,280-pound cocaine seizure occurred in May 2019. That cocaine, which was aboard a container being shipped from South America, had an estimated street value of about $19 million.
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