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333 pounds of cocaine stopped at the Port of Baltimore becomes federal agency's largest seizure in the city

Posted at 3:17 PM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 15:17:50-04

BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they completed a record breaking drug bust in Baltimore.

On June 18, Federal authorities and local partners seized 333 pounds of cocaine from inside a shipping container at the Port of Baltimore.

The team of agents discovered a container holding beach chairs, with a Maryland shipping address, arriving from China through Panama. According to authorities, personnel found four black bags in the container, with a combined 125 bricks of a white-powdery substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.

Authorities said the substance weighed 151 kilograms, which equaled to 333 pounds.

“Because of the unique authorities and interagency expertise unified through BEST, HSI agents and CBP officers were able to quickly identify and interdict this significant amount of illicit narcotics,” said Cardell T. Morant, HSI Baltimore acting special agent in charge. “We will continue to disrupt any attempt to traffic illicit narcotics that pose a threat to our community’s physical and economic health.”

No arrests have been made. Homeland Security Investigations special agents continue to investigate.