Agents Seize $77 Million Of Cocaine At New York-Area Port

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Agents Seize $77 Million Of Cocaine At New York-Area Port

March 11, 2019 - 11:46 am
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP/WCBS 880) —Customs agents have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the port of New York and New Jersey in 25 years.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says 3,200 pounds of the drug in 60 packages were seized at Port New York/Newark on Feb. 28. The street value is estimated at about $77 million.

 It's the biggest cocaine seizure at the ports since 1994.

"This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children," said Troy Miller, director of Customs and Border Protection's New York Field Operations.

 A customs spokesman says the container was recovered from a ship that originated in South America.

Customs officers turned the drugs over to federal Homeland Security officials for investigation.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)