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Norfolk CBP Officers Seize Over 16 Pounds Cocaine

Release Date: 
March 16, 2022

NORFOLK, VA— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Norfolk received information about possible narcotics that were onboard a vessel due to arrive at the seaport.

CBPO Norfolk seized Cocaine on a vessel
Over 16 pounds of Cocaine seized by CBP 

During the subsequent vessel inspection on March 10, CBP officers discovered seven brick shaped packages weighing approximately 16.5 pounds in one of the vessel common areas. The packages contained a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine, with an estimated street value of over $225,000.

The seizure was part of a joint operation headed by CBP's Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team at the Port of Norfolk and the Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Border Enforcement Security Task Force.

“This operation was an outstanding example of how CBP and our federal law enforcement partners remain ever vigilant,” said Mark J. Laria, Norfolk Area Port Director. “CBP officers work vigilantly every day to intercept dangerous drugs and contraband as part of efforts to protect the American people," Our officers play a critical counter-narcotics role and are committed to keeping illicit drugs far away from local communities."

CBPO in Norfolk Cocaine seizure
Over 16 pounds of Cocaine seized by CBP 

“With this seizure, we not only removed a significant amount of cocaine from circulation, but we also sent a message to drug traffickers that the Port of Norfolk is closed for business,” said Special Agent in Charge, Ray Villanueva of Homeland Security Investigations Washington, D.C.  “We are proud to have partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to make this seizure happen.  When our organizations work together, we represent a formidable threat to drug traffickers and a reminder to the American public that they are well protected.”

An investigation is being conducted by HSI Norfolk.

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Last modified: 
March 16, 2022