US Coast Guard and CBP seize 306 pounds of cocaine


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Jun 24, 2013
Miami.? A joint team comprised of Coast Guard members and Customs and Border Protection officers discovered and seized approximately 306 pounds of cocaine concealed among a shipment of cocoa beans coming from the Dominican Republic Sunday, EFE reported.

The team, made up of Coast Guard personnel from Sector New York in Staten Island, and CBP officers from the Port of Newark, were conducting cargo examinations aboard the cargo ship Michaela, when they discovered three duffel bags stowed among a shipment of cocoa beans.

According to the report, the bags contained a total of 125 brick like objects that tested positive for the properties of cocaine.

Coast Guard personnel and CBP officers commonly board vessels in joint operations in an effort to deter drug smuggling and other illegal activity. The cocaine and all other evidence have been turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further analysis and investigation.