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CBP officers in Wilmington, Delaware intercepts 99 pounds of cocaine hidden in Pineapples

Release Date: 
August 24, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Wilmington seized 99.66 pounds of cocaine on August 22, 2018.  The cocaine was secreted within the corrugated bottoms of 20 cardboard boxes containing pineapples from San Carlos, Costa Rica.  The shipment was destined to Clifton, NJ.Wilmington Seizes Cocaine with Pineapples

The CBP Wilmington Advanced Targeting Unit (ATU), U.S. Coast Guard targeting unit, and Delaware National Guard Counter-Drug Taskforce CBP Liaison, targeted the shipment. A K9 alerted to the shipment which promoted further inspection leading to the discovery of the narcotics.

“Part of CBP’s mission is to prevent illicit narcotics from entering the U.S. utilizing all the resources at our disposal – technology, K9s, CBP  officers, and our law enforcement partners,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Field Operations Director in Baltimore.  “This interception is a great example of the results we can accomplish working with our partners across the law enforcement community.”

Wilmington Seizes Cocaine with PineapplesCBP routinely conducts random inspection operations on international passengers and cargo and searches for narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products. 

CBP’s Office of Field Operations

Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel website at CBP Travel Information to learn rules governing travel to and from the U.S.

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Last modified: 
August 24, 2018