Bricks of cocaine, weighing approximately 69.5 pounds (31.5 kg) were handed over to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, after being discovered by a cruise ship’s security officers, onboard the vessel last week.
The cruise officials found the cocaine upon inspection of brick shaped packages, inside garbage bags, in a void space of the ship. After which, CBP officers assigned to Port Everglades were alerted by the officials.
Later, the CBP’s Advanced Tactical Cargo Enforcement Team inspected the entire vessel thoroughly. No other contraband was found.
Port Director of field operations at Port Everglades / Fort Lauderdale, Dylan DeFrancisci, praised the operation, stating that it is an indicative of the excellent between the port’s industry partners, and the CBP. He also mentioned that his officials strive to develop partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, industry partners, and the entire maritime community, to curb such illegal activities at the borders. Be it in the land, air, or at the seas.
The CBP seized an average of 3,677 pounds of drugs each day, in the year 2020.