360 pounds of cocaine hidden amid pumpkins, squash seized

24 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

$6 million in cocaine found in boxes of pumpkins, squashPHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Federal authorities hold a show and tell at the Philadelphia Custom House, for a big cocaine seizure found in a shipment of pumpkins and squash at the Port of Philadelphia. “The cocaine was expertly distinguished in a shipment of squash and pumpkins, and because of the coordinated efforts of law enforcement agencies, it was found, seized and will never reach the streets of our country.” The Assistant Port Director for Tactical Operations at the Philadelphia US Customs and Border Protection, Paul Nardella says “a lot of people got their hands dirty,” doing x-rays, and going through boxes, inside which they found meticulously packaged cocaine. While authorities made no arrests, Kelleghan says they made the seizure, rather than allowing it to proceed, because it would not jeopardize their ongoing investigation. “We have offices abroad that will assist us in following up and backtracking the location of where the container originated, and we’ll take other investigative steps that i can’t get into here.” Officials at the Drug Enforcement Administration forwarded a tip the DEA received about the shipment to its counterparts, that started the investigation.

So you usually have to dig into the middle or to the back end of the container to find the product, and obviously that’s what was done in this case, and we were successful,” said John Kelleghan, special agent-in-charge with Homeland Security. Upon secondary inspection, officers discovered the man had 11 packages containing about 24 pounds of what appeared to be cocaine in his vehicle, the news release said. “We’re proud of the efforts our CBP officers are doing in combating illegal traffic of narcotics, and other prohibited contraband,” CBP public affairs liaison Elias Rodriguez said. The vehicle was turned over to Homeland Investigations special agents for further investigation, officials said. “In those amounts it’s not very common, so that’s why this is something good,” Rodriguez said. “But in our day-to-day operations, most people are law-abiding citizens coming in for business or pleasure, but if somebody is intending on violating the law, we will do our job and do our inspections.”

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