Newark, N.J. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday seized approximately 248.53 pounds (112.73 kilograms) of cocaine which was concealed within a shipping container at Elizabeth, N.J. Seaport.
The cocaine was packed in kilogram-sized packages and contained within two suitcases and three duffle bags. The container was targeted as part of an investigation into an international drug trafficking organization in Panama. This investigation has yielded numerous seizures since June 2008.
"These seizures demonstrated the continued vigilance of our CBP officers and the importance of their role in protecting our ports and maintaining the integrity of cargo sent through the supply chain," said Robert E. Perez, director of New York Field Operations.
"ICE is committed to stopping transnational drug traffickers in their tracks," said Peter T. Edge, special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in Newark. "Once again, this illustrates the teamwork between ICE and CBP and the dedication of our agents in the field to stop drug trafficking."
The investigation is on going. The estimated street value of the cocaine seized in nearly $8 million.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.