ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRIGIN ISLANDS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized Thursday nearly 62 kilos (136 pounds) of marijuana concealed in shipping barrels that arrived from California.
The marijuana was concealed inside 68 cans of La Choy noodles contained within the barrels.
During a CBP inspection of shipping containers, a CBP canine alerted to the odor of narcotics on the shipping barrels. Upon opening the barrels its contents revealed several perishable items and several large cans of "La Choy Chow Mein Noodles." The cans were opened and their contents revealed a green leafy substance hidden inside the noodle cans, which subsequently tested positive to marijuana.
The marijuana, weighing approximately 62 kilos has an estimated street value of $231,000.
The case is being investigated by the HIDTA Task Force, which is comprised of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).
"The hard work and expertise of our officers continues to add to the safety of our community by disrupting the illegal contraband of money and drugs," said USVI Area Port Director Louis Harrigan.
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.