U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Wilmington, Del., seized another 100 pounds of cocaine concealed in a load of Costa Rican pineapples on Aug. 29.
The drug bust comes after authorities on Aug. 22 found 99 pounds of cocaine concealed in a pineapple shipment, with the cocaine again hidden between layers of the corrugated bottoms of the pineapple cartons, according to a news release.
As with last week’s seizure, the operation was a cooperative effort between CBP, the U.S. Coast Guard and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug Taskforce, with a narcotics detector dog from the Wilmington Police Department alerting authorities to pallets of pineapple cases, according to the release.
Again the cocaine was in vacuum-sealed packages concealed inside the bottom flaps of cardboard boxes.
The multi-agency team of officers found 244 packages of cocaine, totaling more than 100 pounds and with a street value of more than $3 million, according to the release.
“This significant narcotics seizure illustrates the importance of learning from experience and the value of collaboration among partners with a shared interest in helping keep our families and our communities safe,” Casey Durst, CBP’s field operations director in Baltimore, said in the release.
“Customs and Border Protection and our federal, state and local partners will remain steadfast in our commitment to intercepting dangerous drugs at our nation’s borders,” Durst said.
“This case illustrates how joint investigative effort and cooperation between agencies directly affects the safety and security of our local communities,” Capt. Kurt Clarke, deputy commander, Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, said in the release.