U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine hidden in a shipment of pineapples, officials announced Friday.
According to CBP, the shipment came from Cartagena, Colombia and was discontinued last November at the Port of Savannah in Georgia.
Inspectors discovered 450 packages of cocaine inside a commercial shipment of fresh pineapples, weighing almost two thousand pounds. The concealed narcotics estimated a value of $19,114,940.
“This was an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers, “said Lisa Beth Brown Savannah CBP Area Port Director. “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.”
The law enforcement organization screens arriving international cargo for narcotics, weapons and prohibited products. They accumulate more than 5,000 pounds of drugs nationally each day.
This bust is still under investigation.