The same day as a billion-dollar cocaine bust at the Philadelphia seaport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Baltimore made the port's largest ever cocaine seizure.
Authorities and local partners seized 333 pounds of cocaine found June 18 in a shipping container of beach chairs from China that had passed through Panama. The beach chairs were destined to a Maryland address.
The 125 bricks had a street value of $10 million. The previous record for a cocaine seizure in Baltimore came in April 2007, when authorities seized 311 pounds of the drug, officials said.
“This seizure illustrates the complexities of Customs and Border Protection’s multi-faceted missions, from ensuring that imported goods comply with U.S. trade regulations to interdicting dangerous drugs that harm our communities,” Casey Durst, CBP’s director of field operations in Baltimore, said in a statement. “CBP officers remain vigilant at our nation’s ports of entry to significantly impact transnational criminal organizations that push dangerously unsafe consumer goods or dangerous drugs.”
No arrests have been made in connection with the seizure. CBP spokesman Steve Sapp said it is too soon to say if this seizure is linked to the Philadelphia seizure.
During that bust agents seized more than $1 billion worth of cocaine. Six men have been charged in connection with the 17-ton discovery. Sapp said that like the container seized in Baltimore, the one in Philadelphia has also passed through Panama.