U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine found hidden in a shipment of fresh pineapples, officials announced on Friday.
The shipment, which came from Cartagena, Colombia, was intercepted in November at the Port of Savannah in Georgia. Inspectors said they found 450 hidden packages of cocaine worth an estimated $19,114,940.
“This was an outstanding interception of narcotics by our CBP officers,” Lisa Beth Brown Savannah CBP Area Port Director said in a statement. “This seizure is a positive enforcement action against drug smuggling organizations and highlights the important work our officers do each day to stop illegal activity at our borders and ports of entry.”
The CPB seized more than 5,000 of drugs nationally each day.