$19m worth of cocaine found hidden in pineapple shipment

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – More than 1,100 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in a shipment of fresh pineapples at the Port of Savannah.

In November, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says field operations officers working at the port encountered the shipment from Cartagena, Colombia.

Upon physical inspection of the fruit, they found 450 hidden packages of cocaine weighing 1,157 pounds. The estimated street value of the discovery is $19,114,940 according to CBP.

“This was an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers, “said Lisa Beth Brown Savannah CBP Area Port Director said in a statement. “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, CBP seizes over 5,000 pounds of drugs nationally.

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