Third drug bust in 3 weeks on ships headed into Norfolk port

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by Cleve Bryan, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 5:22 PM

NORFOLK--For the third time in three weeks, illegal drugs have been seized from a ship bound for the Port of Norfolk.

The Hampton Roads Border Enforcement Security Task Force found two kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of heroin in the ceiling of a lavatory late Sunday night.

"We're seeking to identify and dismantle the leadership and the supporting infrastructure of these criminal organizations that are seeking to exploit our borders," said Michael Lamonea, assistant special agent-in-charge for Norfolk and Richmond, Homeland Security Investigations.

No arrests have been made and no crew members are believed to be involved, officials said.

The Task Force is made up of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Investigative Service, Chesapeake Region.

35  kilograms of cocaine was seized from a ship on July 27 and three kilos of the illegal drug was found on another ship on August 4.

 

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