Customs and Border Protection officers at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., found cocaine stashed in boxes of oranges.
The orange shipment from the Dominican Republic concealed 46.5 pounds of cocaine, according to a CBP news release. The drugs, seized over the weekend, have a street value in the “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” according to the release.
CBP officers with the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team detected “anomalies while examining a container,” according to the release. A trained dog detected the drugs, and officers discovered the cocaine in multiple boxes of the oranges.
They conducted a field test, which confirmed the substance was cocaine. Evidence was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations, according to the release.