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Boxes of oranges found containing nearly 50 pounds of cocaine

U.S. Customs & Protection officers working at Port Everglades seized approximately 46.5 pounds of cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of dollars concealed within boxes of oranges arriving from the Dominican Republic over the weekend. ciii

CBP officers with the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team detected anomalies while examining a container. A CBP K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal drugs and CBP officers discovered a white, powdery substance within multiple boxes. CBP seized 46.5 pounds of cocaine. CBP seizes over 4,650 pounds of drugs nationwide on a typical day.

The substance field-tested positive for cocaine and evidence has been turned over to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations.

“We are extremely proud of CBP’s highly-trained and dedicated workforce continually adapting to respond to emerging threats and rapidly changing conditions,” said acting port Director Stephen Silvestri. “CBP teams work tirelessly to detect illicit trafficking of people, drugs, weapons and currency while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”