The discovery is the largest cocaine seizure in Baltimore since authorities found more than 300 pounds inside a refrigerated shipping container from Ecuador in 2007, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In December 2013 CPB officers found 128 pounds of cocaine inside two duffel bags inside a container from Panama.
The latest discovery was on August 4 when officers conducting a routine inspection using “non-intrusive imaging technologies” when they found anomalies in the stacks of lumber in a container from Brazil, authorities said.
The officers found two gym bags with 57 bricks of a white-powdery substance that authorities said tested positive for cocaine. The authorities estimate it is worth more than $4 million.
“Narcotics interdiction remains a top Customs and Border Protection enforcement priority, and this case illustrates how CBP officers leverage non-intrusive imaging technologies to intercept dangerous drugs and to help keep our communities safe,” said Dianna Bowman, CBP area port director for the port of Baltimore in a statement.