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64 pounds of cocaine discovered in port container

Friday, March 02, 2012
Cocaine was discovered in the panels of a refrigerated container parked at a Port of LA/Long Beach terminal Thursday.

Cocaine was discovered in the panels of a refrigerated container parked at a Port of LA/Long Beach terminal Thursday. (KABC Photo)

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered 64 pounds of cocaine in the panels of a refrigerated container parked at a Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach terminal Thursday.

A panel was removed and inside 20 bricks of cocaine wrapped in plastic were discovered. CBP estimated the street value of the cocaine at $585,000.

The container came from El Salvador with stops in Guatemala and Mexico, according to CBP. It held a shipment of cantaloupe destined for California.

According to CBP, in fiscal year 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized nearly five million pounds of narcotics, a 20 percent increase from fiscal year 2010.

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