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3,200 lbs of cocaine seized at Port of Newark in 2nd largest bust of all time

PortandTerminal.com, March 12, 2019

Newark, NJ – Authorities at the Port of New York and New Jersey have seized about 3,200 pounds of cocaine in what authorities are calling the largest cocaine seizure at the port in nearly 25 years, and the second largest of all time.

The drugs were found aboard a shipping container that entered the US from Buenaventura, Colombia

The drugs were found aboard a shipping container that entered the US from Buenaventura, Colombia, last month and have an estimated street value of $77 million.

The cocaine was found during a routine inspection of the M.S.C. Carlotta pictured above

The authorities were conducting a routine inspection aboard the M.S.C. Carlotta last month when they noticed the pins that held one of the containers’ doors in place appeared to have been doctored.

The container was supposed to contain dried fruit but instead, officers opened the doors to find 60 tightly wrapped bundles of white powder.

It’s the biggest cocaine seizure at the ports since 1994 and the second-largest cocaine seizure on record.

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