NEWARK, New Jersey (KKTV) - Federal authorities seized about 3,200 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of about $77,000,000.
The bust is the largest cocaine seizure in about 25 years in the United States. An examination of a shipping container on Feb. 28 entering the United States revealed 60 packages of cocaine.
“Transnational Criminal Organizations rely upon illicit networks throughout the world to supply, transport, and distribute cocaine and other dangerous drugs,” said Brian Michael, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Newark. “HSI’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force in Newark, comprised of CBP, Waterfront Commission of NY Harbor Police, Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, Port Authority Police Department, and Dover Police Department worked together to make this operation a success. They were strengthened by HSI’s international partnerships and DHS’s combined assets, which play a critical role in disrupting the worldwide cocaine chain.”
The drugs were seized at the Port of New York/Newark in a joint operation involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Joint Task Force East (JTF-E), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the New York Police Department (NYPD), and the New York State Police (NYSP).
“This is a significant seizure, in fact it is the largest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark since May 1994,” said Troy Miller, Director, CBP New York Field Operations. “The ongoing partnership between CBP, USCG, HSI, DEA, NYPD, and NYSP continues to produce results that protect the American public. This interception prevents a massive quantity of drugs from getting to the streets and in the hands of our children.”
No arrests were announced in the release sent out by ICE on Monday.