Customs Seizes $8 Million Worth of Cocaine at Ports

August 25, 2015

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to contraband enforcement at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach seized 424 pounds of cocaine that had been stashed inside a shipment of tires, the agency reported.

The cocaine, which had an estimated street value in excess of $8 million, was discovered Saturday at the Port of Long Beach when officers using scanning technology saw what the agency called an anomaly within a container carrying tires. Upon inspecting the containers, Customs officers found three large bundles that contained 170 brick-sized packages of cocaine.

No arrests were announced, however Customs officials do not consider the company shipping the tires to be the culprit. Investigators believe the container was tampered with at some point during its transport from South America to the United States by a criminal who hid the drugs inside.

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