Seized cocaine Port of New York/Newark

Customs and Border Protection

Largest cocaine seizure in decades: Nearly $80 million in drugs found in shipping container

March 11, 2019 - 10:37 am

NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Authorities have made the biggest cocaine seizure at the Port of New York/Newark, in more than two decades.

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Officials say they found 3,200 lbs of cocaine in a shipping container on February 28. The drugs have a street value of $77,000,000.

“Cocaine, New York’s nemesis of the 90’s, is back-indicating traffickers push to build an emerging customer base of users mixing cocaine with fentanyl,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan.  “This record breaking seizure draws attention to this new threat and shows law enforcement’s collaborative efforts in seizing illicit drugs before it gets to the streets and into users’ hands.”

The drugs were found as part of a joint effort between the DEA, Homeland Security, NYPD, Coast Guard, and New York State Police.