$100 million cocaine bust at Port of Norfolk

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 6:38 PM

NORFOLK-Cocaine with a street value of about $100 million was seized from a container at the Port of Norfolk. 

Customs and Border Protection officers discovered the 732 pounds of cocaine in December.

They discovered the drugs concealed in cans of fruit juice held in a 20-foot container during an inspection, officials said.

The wholesale value of the cocaine is about $12 million and has a street value as much as $100 million, according to Customs officials.

"The vigilance and expertise that is utilized in identifying complex concealment methods enhances CBPs layered defense in protecting the United States against dangerous drugs," stated Area Port Director Mark J Laria.

The cocaine hidden inside a 20-foot container originated from Trinidad Tobago was targeted based on intelligence and current narcotic trends. The shipment was destined for New York.

As to why the seizure wasn't announced at the time, spokesman Louis Rossero told 13News Now, “There are certain protocols that we have to follow to make sure the product is cocaine. It has to be tested and verified. Other government agencies are involved so there are many steps to go through before we announce the seizure.”

Homeland Security Norfolk and Hampton Roads Border Enforcement Security Task Force continue to investigate the case. So far, no one has been arrested.

 

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