The November discovery of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $19 million in a commercial shipment of fresh pineapples remains under investigation, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said Feb. 22.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Savannah seaport last November found the narcotic in a commercial shipment of pineapples that originated in Cartagena, Colombia, according to a news release.
During a physical inspection, officers discovered 450 packages weighing 1,157 pounds concealed in the produce, the agency said.
“This was an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers,” Lisa Beth Brown Savannah CBP Area Port Director, said in the release. “This seizure is a positive enforcement action against drug smuggling organizations and highlights the important work our officers do each day to stop illegal activity at our borders and ports of entry.”
On a typical day, U.S. Customs and Border Production seizes more than 5,000 pounds of drugs, according to the release.