U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Wilmington last week found and seized nearly 100 pounds of cocaine hidden in a shipment of Costa Rican pineapples.
The 99.66 pounds of cocaine was hidden in the corrugated bottoms of 20 cardboard boxes containing fresh pineapples from San Carlos, Costa Rica, en route to Clifton, N.J., according to a news release.
The find was made through the cooperation of the CBP Wilmington Advanced Targeting Unit, U.S. Coast Guard targeting unit, and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug Taskforce CBP Liaison, with the help of a K9 that led officers to inspect the shipment further and discover the cocaine, according to the release.
“Part of CBP’s mission is to prevent illicit narcotics from entering the U.S., utilizing all the resources at our disposal – technology, K9s, CBP officers and our law enforcement partners,” Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore, said in the release.
“This interception is a great example of the results we can accomplish working with our partners across the law enforcement community.”