Posted on March 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Authorities at Port Newark seized 1.5 tons of cocaine that was being smuggled into the country onboard the Liberian-flagged containership MSC Carlotta.
The incident occurred on February the 28th; the containership had just arrived at the US Port from Buenaventura, Colombia and was undergoing a routine inspection when local authorities discovered the drug stash.
During their search, the inspectors noticed a container whose seals showed signs of tampering.
The container was supposed to contain a shipment of dried fruit, but when the officers opened the container doors they discovered over 60 tightly wrapped packages containing cocaine.
The haul amounts to over 3,200 pounds of cocaine and has an estimated street value of over $77 million (£60m).
This marks the largest drug seizure in Port Newark in over 25 years.
“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, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s director for the New York Field Operation, in a statement.
The Port of Newark is one of the biggest ports in the United States and often acts as a hub for illicit drugs arriving from China, Mexico & South America.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic